Lesson #7: God Makes His Leaders Servants—Not Bosses, Lords, or Bigshots
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I keep running into husbands who want to lord it over their wives because “God made me the head of the home and told you to submit!” Such men may call themselves believers, but they are pagan to the heart and have probably never been saved. They certainly don’t know the first thing about God’s word or Jesus’ heart. If they did, they would know that they are sent as servants.
...just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her. – Ephesians 5:25
See what the Apostle Peter said to pastors in the opening verses of 1 Peter 5:
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
Bullies on the playground or dictators in the pulpit are cancers on the body, and must not be tolerated. The parable of all parables on this subject is Luke 17:7-10. We must keep saying to ourselves—even when we have done everything Jesus required—I am only an unworthy servant; just doing my duty.
Lesson #8: The More Righteous We Are, the Less We’ll Be Aware of It
Moses knew not that his face did shine – Exodus 34:29
I said to the 75-year-old saint in our church, “Marguerite, you are the most Christ-like person I know.” She didn’t flinch. “Oh honey,” she said to her young minister, “if you only knew.” I did know, in a way, but have learned a hundred times since: Those closest to the Lord are the last to realize it. The nearer to the light we get, the more imperfections and blemishes we will see.
Beware of ever thinking you have arrived. “Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”
True humility, we are told, does not mean thinking less of yourself. It means thinking of yourself less.
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