1 Corinthians 16:15 “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,)”
That word has such negative connotations. No one would go around willingly or proudly calling themselves an addict. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines it this way:
ADDICT’, verb transitive [Latin addico, to devote, from ad and dico, to dedicate.]
To apply one’s self habitually; to devote time and attention by customary or constant practice; sometimes in a good sense.
They have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints. 1 Corinthians 16:15.
More usually, in a bad sense, to follow customarily, or devote, by habitually practicing that which is ill; as, a man is addicted to intemperance.
Usually, we will associate it to a person given over to drugs or alcohol. But for all practical purposes today, can we think positively?
What if Christians today were addicted to Bible reading? Or prayer? Or witnessing to bring lost sinners to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ? Paul was saying here that the household of Stephanus had addicted themselves to the ministry.
Would to God that others; seeing our work and labor in the Lord would say – “They are addicted to the ministry!”
Throughout the New Testament, there a whole slew of addicts:
Paul – Addict.
Peter – Addict.
Barnabus, Silas and Timothy – Addicts.
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – Addicts.
I think you get my meaning.
Today, if someone were to observe our life, what would they say we are addicted to?
Food? Fun? Fellowship?
Or would they more likely say Amusement? Job? Money? Pleasure?
Most phones have the ability to tell you how much time you spend looking, searching, calling and playing. Where is most of our time spent?
We cannot change our past, but we have the power to change today. Let us please the One who saved us by giving Him more time than we have previously and slowly continue to add more and more time to where the habitual practice of our life would be looked at as “Addicted to the ministry”.