“Jesus called them together and said, ‘You snow that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. “Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—-just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. ” (Matthew20:25-28)
Domination and the exercise of authority is the way of worldly kingdoms but not of Christ’s Kingdom. Leaders in the church are not to climb ambitiously to places of prominence and privilege. They are to serve with the same spirit as their lord who gave His life for others.
They are to exercise their function, not the power of their office. Authority in the church is not to become an end to itself. Church leaders are, and have always been intended to be, church servants.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, Jesus came to this earth and modeled church servanthood, so that we all could model our lives as He lived on earth. He fully stated He did not come to be served, but to serve others. His ministry was to teach and preach out we are to live our lives, not just in some wrote manner, but through willing hearts, for the betterment of all people. Let our words and especially our works honor You Abba, through Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“I would rather walk with God in the dark, than to alone in the light!”
“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to b evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up.” (Ephesians4:11-12)
God’s gifts to the church are persons, not formal offices. God is concerned about ordering the church but not about establishing orders of ministry. These persons have been given the ability to fulfill a variety of duties that enable the church to be and do what God intended it to e and do. Together they function to guide the church in faith, knowledge, and truth, and to preserve it from being swept away by error or by division. The church member would then simply become a consumer of the leaders’ spiritual gifts. Leaders are given to the church to equip the members so that all might do the work of ministry together and to build up the body of Christ. God has given ministers of the Word to the church for the purpose of preparing God’s people for service, building up the body of Christ and fostering spiritual maturity in the members. All Christians do not have the same calling or function, but all Christians have the same responsibility to be ministers. The persons who perform the duties of the listed offices function as equippers who prepare the rest of the members for their work for Christ, as all Christians are called to use their own gifts in ministry.
“Church Leaders, Authority”: (1st Thessalonians54:11-12)
Formalized ministry was just beginning to develop in the early church. Today, leaders who direct the activity of the church are to be treated with respect and gratitude because they give of themselves among the congregation. One of he key requirements for leadership is readiness to work for the welfare of the congregation. The congregation as a whole however, has the shared responsibility of assisting the leaders of the church and specifically by encouraging the timid, helping the weak in faith, and is sharing the message of salvation in the world they live and work in. Ministers of the Word have been given a calling by God through the Holy Spirit, to both preach and teach the congregation. This was true in the early church and continues today. Other church leaders have different callings according to the gifts they have to assist the clergy of the church.
Second Thought of the Day:
“I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves o be first, will have nothing to do with us. So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us. Not satisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.” (3rd John 9-10)
Leaders in the church are not to seek preeminence over others nor to malign other leaders in order to win greater influence. Gossip seeks to destroy another person to gain power, position, prestige, or personal attention. Gossip stands in sharp contrast to the love and hospitality which mark the disciple of Jesus Christ’s life.
God’s righteousness creates righteousness in those who come into relationship with Him. Being in relationship with God is more than an empty formality. If righteousness is not produced in the life of one who claims to be a believer, that is a sign the one is not in true relationship with God.