Guard against ministry idolatry by preaching the gospel to yourself.
There is a subtle, seductive disease of the heart that often disguises itself as a holy ambition for the glory of God.
What is this spiritual heart disease? It’s called finding your identity in ministry. Instead of worshiping Jesus, you worship the ministry Jesus gave you. Instead of finding your significance and worth in Christ, you find it in what you accomplish for Christ. Instead of ministering from the overflow of Christ’s love, you minister to receive the love of others.
The catastrophic consequences of ministry idolatry are awful for pastors, their families, and the congregations they serve. Ministry idolatry can lead to affairs, burnout, neglect of family, spiritual abuse of the congregation, pride, and envy.