“I beseech you brethren, ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints.’’ 1 Cor 16:15
The Apostle Paul in his letter to the church at Corinth made this reference to the household of Stephanas, his first converts in Achaia as those who were addicted to the work of the ministry. Why did he give them so much attention? Paul was obviously referring to the fact that they were not just comers and goers or just Sunday Service Christians. They were ready to put commitment above convenience. They were addicts.
The word ‘addict’ connotes devotion or surrendering oneself to something habitually or obsessively. An addict can sell anything to meet his or her desire just to keep the addiction in place. In the same vein, you can also become a Kingdom addict. Kingdom addiction is healthy and helpful. It means being committed to the things of the kingdom. An addict is ready to identify with needs in the church and fill the gaps once spotted. When you are a kingdom addict, serving God and obeying Him comes by default.
As an addict, you derive joy in getting involved in follow-up, soul winning and Cell Church activities. You are ready to go the extra mile to ensure that you extend a warm hand of fellowship to new people in church. You are ready to follow-up those who give their hearts to the Lord and ensure that they are grounded. New converts and first-timers feel comfortable around you because you are concerned about their welfare. You are quick to introduce the various activities of the church to them in love. This is the kind of household God is looking for today. The church has gone beyond being a group of people who ask what the Lord can do for them, but rather ask what they can do for the Lord. Beloved, it is never too late to start. You can start today.
Further Reading: 1 Corinthians 16:13-18
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Psalms 119:89-176; Evening- 1 Corinthians 8