In every area, let us follow the example Jesus gave us, in the Bible, in how to conduct GOD’s ministry in the earth and how to live our lives…
Jesus’ disciples ask Him, “who is the greatest in the kingdom?”
The greatest person in the kingdom will of course be Jesus.
After that, ranking the greatest is full of surprises.
Matthew 18:1–5 records, “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’
[Jesus] called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me’” (see also Mark 9:35–37; Luke 9:46–48).
What are God’s priorities regarding His church?
Jesus speakings to Peter, after Peter had denied him three times:
“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’
Peter said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs’.
He said to him a second time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’
Peter said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ He said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’
Jesus said to Peter the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’
Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’
Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep’”
— John 21:15-17
GOD’s priority and instructions to the elders of the church, is NOT for them to become a CEO of a 501(c)3 corporation (who have, under the articles of their incorporation, made themselves the servant of the state), but rather it is to be a servant unto GOD’s people:
1 Peter 5:1-11
The Voice (VOICE)
1 Now for the elders of the church. I want to encourage you. As you know, I am an elder, too, like you.
I have witnessed firsthand the sufferings of the Anointed One as well as shared in the glories which are soon to be revealed.
2 When you shepherd the flock God has given you, watch over them not because you have to but because you want to.
For this is how God would want it not because you’re being compensated somehow but because you are eager to watch over them.
3 Don’t lead them as if you were a dictator, but lead your flock by example; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will be crowned with honor that will shine brightly forever.
5 You who are younger in the faith: do as your elders and leaders ask. All of you should treat each other with humility, for as it says in Proverbs,
God opposes the proud
but offers grace to the humble.
6 So bow down under God’s strong hand; then when the time comes, God will lift you up. 7 Since God cares for you, let Him carry all your burdens and worries.
[NOTE: Humility is rarely a virtue that our culture values.
We’re trained from an early age to show our strengths and hide our weaknesses.
This type of thinking also spills over into our models of leadership, as we learn to dictate to others how they should perform.
Peter, however, says that we should be humble in our relationships with one another and not lead as dictators.
In fact, this humility before one another and God is actually the position of the greatest strength.
Our enemy desires to consume us, but we find strength to resist him when we are dependent upon God for His strength.]
8 Most importantly, be disciplined and stay on guard. Your enemy the devil is prowling around outside like a roaring lion, just waiting and hoping for the chance to devour someone.
9 Resist him and be strong in your faith, knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are fellow sufferers with you.
10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of grace who has called you [to His everlasting presence] through Jesus the Anointed will restore you, support you, strengthen you, and ground you. 11 For all power belongs to God, now and forever. Amen.
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