HAVE A SUBMISSIVE HEART
In order to lead God’s people, one must have a submissive heart. Our hearts must be open to receive the instructions and blessings from God. Regardless of our position, all of us are servants. That includes bishops, pastors, deacons, deaconesses, and trustees. No matter the office that you hold in the body of Christ, all of us are servants. I would argue strongly that sometimes we tend to forget that we are servants. God has to remind us that to lead, we must be willing to follow the Master. We cannot go ahead of Him, but be willing to follow where He directs us to go. The scripture reference is found in Matthew 20:26. The verse reads in this way.
“But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,”
Jesus, the Master Teacher, speaks of becoming a servant. He writes in chapter 20 that those who rule in the world flaunt their authority. But, it is different in the family of God. Those who serve in the family of God must have a submissive heart. Jesus says that whoever wants to be the first among you must first be your slave. The Son of Man came first to serve others. He gave His life as a ransom for many. Our servanthood must align with His will for our lives. Let me use plain language. We are not the boss. We are not rulers. We are simply servants of the Most High God. Let us serve Him with heart, soul and mind.