Meditation

06/10/2022

Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know 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, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’” (Matthew 20:25-28)

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 in itself, beloved. Church leaders are church servants. Understand?

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, far too often we see church leaders being giving more authority in the church, than God ever intended for His church. If a leaders is not willing to become a servant first, then they do not understand their true position. They are to model the life of Christ in their words and actions, and do so in a joyful manner while praising God. Today we continue to pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Good children respect their parents. Great children honor them too!”

KNOWING GOD:

Rather we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, or do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves in every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” (2nd Corinthians 4:2)

Beloved, the authority of any leader in the church derives from the leader’s own devotion to live out God’s Word. Leaders must plainly plainly teach God’s truth rather than human theories. Teaching must be backed by noble character. Christ gave us the example, His example, for us to follow daily, in the way we teach others in both voice and character of our own lives.

I AM:

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be 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.” (Ephesians 4:11-12)

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 be 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. These leaders are not given to the church to do everything. 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 so built up the body of Christ. All Christians do not have the same calling or function, but all Christians have the same responsibility to be ministers (Romans 15:27; Philemon 13). 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 Christians are called to use their own gifts in ministry.

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

I wrote to the church, but Heliotropes, who loves to 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 also stops those who want to do so an puts them out of the church. My friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone—-and even by the truth itself We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true. I have must to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink. I hope to see ou soon, and we will talk face to face.” (3rd John 9-14)

Egotistical, self-centered church members cause disputes in the church. They try to destroy the reputation of other church members and destroy Christian fellowship. They abuse power and dictate matters in the church such as who may be a member. John set the pattern for the church by dealing with the dispute head-on rather than trying to hide and deny it. The authority and love of Christ must guide attempts to settle disputes. Leaders in the church are not to seek preeminence over 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 disciples 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 a true relationship with God. Ethics centers on knowing and doing the good. Human standards cannot define the God. Good is a personal characteristic of God which those who have accepted God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Those who say they have a personal relationship with God cannot imitate His characteristic, they must live it out in their daily lives, you can’t imitate what you don’t know!

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