'The Gospel...of which I, Paul, have become a servant.' Colossians 1:23 NIV
In the early Corinthian Church, certain people were becoming very jealous over their favourite leaders and causing a lot of strife amongst themselves because of it. A whole bunch of people were siding with Paul, ready to argue down the supporters of Apollos or Peter.
But Paul wasn’t having any of it. And he was right. He had a properly balanced opinion of himself, and of those around him. Look at what he said—he was quite happy to say of himself and the other leaders in the church: ‘This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.’ (1 Corinthians 4:1 ESV) He never thought of himself as a superhero of the Church, as superior to anyone. It was because he saw them all, himself included, as servants and stewards of the Gospel. He also wrote: ‘What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Ministering servants [not heads of parties] through whom you believed, even as the Lord appointed to each his task.’ (1 Corinthians 3:5 AMP) He and the other leaders were a team, under the orders of God, and so they were all completely equal.
And so are you. Being a Christian, whether that’s the Christian–church–leader or the Christian–who–makes–the–coffee–after–the–service, means you are a servant of God. No more, and no less. Whatever role we’ve been given, it’s clear from Scripture and from the example of His Son Jesus, we are to serve. And in our serving others we are serving God.
SoulFood: Num 7, Luke 6:27-36, Ps 107:1-9, Prov 3:13-18
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