CAN THERE BE A GOOD KIND OF ADDICTION?

The Apostle Paul urges Christians at Corinth to “know the household [family] of Stephanas” because they had “devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints” (1 Cor. 16:15). What a compliment! The King James version says “…they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints.” WOW! That is interesting and encouraging! The Greek word in this verse translated devoted [NKJV] and addicted [KJV] basically means to appoint or be appointed. Thus, the idea therein is that Stephanas and his family appointed themselves to service. Notice, they did not appoint themselves above others, but rather, they appointed themselves to genuine and humble service unto others. What a wonderful Christ-like attitude! Jesus humbled Himself and became an obedient servant. He appointed Himself to the ultimate service and sacrifice by giving Himself to die on the cross of Calvary [see Phil. 2:5-8 and John 10:17-18]. Think of people whom you find easiest to love. I suspect those people of whom you thought are truly Christ-like people who strive to cultivate and demonstrate humble servant attitudes. Like Stephanas, they probably have “appointed themselves to the ministry of the saints” (1 Cor. 16:15). God tells us to “do good unto all people, especially those of the household [family] of faith” (Gal. 6:10). Paul said all members of Christ’s body are equally important and are supposed to have the same care for one another (see 1 Cor. 12:12-27). It’s wonderful to be the recipient of genuine care from fellow Christians, but this doesn’t happen (in the purest sense) unless someone first truly “appoints themselves to ministry.” Perhaps one who truly appoints themselves to the ministry of others could rightly be spoken of [in a sense] as being addicted to ministry. In that sense, it surely is a “good” addiction.