WEDNESDAY August 29, 2018
Submission in Ministry
I urge you, brethren—you know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints–– that you also submit to such, and to everyone
who works and labors with us.
1 Corinthians 16:15-16
Paul drew attention to leaders who had labored with him in the ministry, those who had given their whole lives to Jesus Christ. They were common men, just like anybody else, but Paul gave them recognition because they had put their lives on the line for the sake of the Gospel.
The name Stephanas means “crown.” He and his family were Paul’s first converts in Achaia, and he ministered in the city of Corinth. His entire household was devoted to the ministry of the saints––believers in Christ. They helped Christians and the poor. In love, they looked after them, feeding them, being kind, giving them God’s Word, and even taking them into their home. Imagine, there are people in the Church today who, like Stephanas, are devoted to the ministry of the saints––fully and completely.
Paul also mentioned the importance of submitting to each other. This is one of the problems in the Church, especially among leadership. People refuse to submit because of pride. Yet the body of Christ––the Church––should be one, working together as a team, seeking to help each other in the work of the Lord.
I have seen leaders become so proud when they have become famous, that they stop speaking to people and separate themselves, as if they are something special. We cannot be by ourselves; we have to be among the people––not keeping our distance. In the ministry, it is important for people to see us so we can be available for them. They want to talk to us. If Christ came and walked among the people, we should be open to help the body of Christ, never thinking of ourselves.
…submitting to one another in the fear of God.
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