Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Matthew 23:10-12(NASB)
10: "Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 11: "But the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12: "Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.
Many of our best statesmen took the term "public servant" to heart; Truman and Lincoln come quickly to mind, people who kept their humility even as they got to the big desk. A good pastor or church leader needs to remember that they aren't any better positionally than the rest of the flock. They may have a better knowledge of the Bible, a better prayer life and more adept at evangelism than the average parishioner, but in the big picture, they're merely a servant of the church and the Church. I remember the Wednesday morning of the Word, Spirit and Power conference; I was on spring break and had dropped Eileen's car off at the muffler shop and Eileen at her worksite in Lakeland. With my duties at church for the conference starting at 9:30, I decided to bring my laptop and get some work/play done at church, getting their a little after 8:00. The pastors were busy cleaning the church; Pastor Dave gave me a broom to help out, but he was vacuuming the carpet while our music minister was mopping up the tiled parts of the church. That wasn't delegated to some maintence committee, the pastors were in there getting their hands dirty as domestiques. In Tour de France-type bicycling, each team has a star and a number of domestiques, or servants, who help break the wind and keep the stars of other teams honest, letting the star be less fatigued and ready to sprint out and get the glory at the end of the race. Everyone who works for the kingdom will get yellow jackets in Heaven, not just the most showy televangelist.

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