“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” – Upton Sinclair (1878-1968)
This is why ministers have a hard time accepting that the kingdom of God has come and that true disciples of Jesus Christ ought to be seeking it.
I was a pastor when my extended study of the Bible convinced me that the kingdom of God had come long ago and was in our midst today. As a consequence of realizing this truth and teaching it, I lost my church. This was the greatest tragedy of my life because I wanted nothing more to spend the rest of my life in that occupation. I was losing my means of supporting my family; more profoundly, I was losing the purpose to which I had dedicated my life. However, in losing my church, I found the kingdom. In losing my church, I was finding His church. Just as Jesus had said, “He who seeks to save his life shall lose it, and he who loses it for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 10:39). I found another means of supporting my family, and I received a lasting peace from God that I had done His will in this regard.
The moral of this story is: Know for sure that whenever the Lord is calling upon you to give up something for Him, you will not be the poorer for doing so – on the contrary, you will end up far richer in what really matters.