August 16th, 2016
The Pattern of a Servant
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. (Matthew 23:11 KJV)
A pastor, called of God into the ministry, is meant to lead a church congregation as a servant, rather than an “over lord.” God led His disciples by the greatest example of being a humble servant.
There are many “religious” cults or church movements like “Lordship Salvation” which use an overbearing leader or preacher who rigorously directs his flock to follow after him on a pathway riddled with legalism for the purpose of obtaining salvation. Often this leader encourages various works along with a strict adherence to rules and “Religiosity,” rather than individually being led by faith and having the presence of the Spirit of God being invited to dwell inside their heart. This kind of rigid leadership is extra-biblical, using spiritual extremes, ultimately calling for people to follow the ways of a man rather than following the way and will of God at work inside man’s heart.
God never calls any man to “lord” over others but to lead others following the pattern outlined in His Word as declared for the office of bishop or pastor. God sent His Son Jesus Christ to lay down His life so that man can be free to choose to serve God with shepherding from His called pastor who is the leader of His spiritual flock.