The idea of Christians possessing growing faith that produces performance is biblical and also prone to lead to the practice of faking it till you make it. This vibrant life killing idea lays serpent like in wait always ready to pounce on the unwary. This danger is not confined to any particular group or office holder in the church.
In his fantastic book, clickThe Pastor’s Guide to Leading and Living (which I currently use to teach prisoners at a max prison) Dr. O. S. Hawkins states this, “While striving for excellence in all things, the Pastor (and other Christians LL) must fight against this performance factor at all costs while remembering his power is in an inward possession, not an outward performance.”
We all know at least one Elvis imitator; we also know they are imitators. Far too many of God’s people seriously fail when attempting over the long haul to imitate other personalities with gifts that differ from ours. We can only be what and who Christ designed us to be when we live out His plan for us which is based on His gifts to us. A personal sourness or pompousness is not a gift or healthy normal.
Paul lacked the gifts of eloquence, and Dale Carnegie personality yet he abounded with the gift of spiritual endurance and turned the world upside down.
Colossians 1:27 in part: “which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:”
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