The Nature of True Servanthood
Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. - 1 Corinthians 4:1
In 1 Corinthians 4:1-6, Paul directed his letter more to the pastors. Paul spoke about the false view of superiority in the church. The believers needed a clear picture of what a true pastor should be like. Paul put a stop to the division caused by choosing favorite leaders. He wanted people to become lovers of God––not man.
Paul the Apostle was never in a box, and for that reason, he was criticized and put down. People did not like him. He had suffered so much in his ministry as he preached the Gospel. Yet, Paul had such great friends like Luke the physician, Apollos, Cephas and Peter, whom Paul had to rebuke (Galatians 2:11).
Paul was never a man-pleaser even until the day he died. He truly believed in God. He never bowed his knees to anyone or compromised. Paul did not want to be like Peter or Apollos; he wanted to be like Christ––that was always his main emphasis.
Yet, some pastors believe they are better than the sheep––God’s people. It is a strange concept that some pastors can have; they live to enrich themselves. The sheep serve the pastor, rather than the pastor serving the sheep. Yet, the pastor is no better than the sheep.
There are those people who will worship the pastor and do everything for him. They really do not have an opportunity to serve the Lord in the way God intended for them. A pastor should neverLord it over the people. They are called to serve the people. It is about people’s souls. People die every single day; they are going to hell––by the multitudes––so sad.
The preaching that this world needs most is the sermons in shoes that are walking with Jesus Christ.
~D. L. Moody~
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