Growing up, I thought the word minister meant leader of the people. In fact, I believe that everyone in the congregation felt the same way. As I have grown in the knowledge of God and more and more willing to have the courage to live what I believe to be correct, I ask myself the question:
Even though I have the courage of my conviction to do what I believe God requires, many people are scared; I would go as far as to say, petrified to step out on their own. Within the church circles, they speak the words but then delude themselves into believing that the small things they do are stepping out.
The easily deduced fact is that all the religions and denominations cannot be correct. Still, they all delude themselves that they are the “one”–Neo, and refuse with a million excuses to step out in faith and separate themselves from men and attach to God.
Then I found this passage inside the scriptures that validated my conviction. Judge for yourself.
24. And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren. 25. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27. And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28. Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.Matthew 20:24-28
Jesus made it clear that while the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, it should not be so among the servants of God. He starkly contrasted by saying that who is the greatest among the servants of God should be the minister (servant).
Today the word servant is used in pretentious humility, while those who claim to be a servant or pastor exercise dominion over the people—telling them what to do, when to do it, what to believe, and even to believe nothing unless they say it. Even the Bereans, though receiving the words of Paul eagerly, confirmed what he said in the word of God (Acts 17:10-11).
Like the Pharisees, these hypocrites lord over the people using many techniques such as superiority, fear, ridicule, and even shunning. They do these things like the gentiles today in the world who use the absurd label “experts”, thereby nullifying the wisdom of anyone who wisely avoids the pollution of their education systems. Science is science, but you do not become an “expert” unless you toe the line.
1. Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2. Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3. All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6. And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7. And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 8. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.Matthew 23:1-12
Jesus repeats and goes further in the above passage to say that there is only one who is your Master. That one is Christ! This statement says that if Christ, who came in the name, authority, of the Father, gives an instruction, then that is what you must do. Whether or not the church is opposed to it.
He also says, call no man Father, for only one is your Father, the one in heaven. Never put someone between you and God. Readily receive their words, but if it goes against the word of God, throw it out; otherwise, keep it (1 Thessalonians 5:21, Matthew 13:48).
Also, you must not put yourself in the position of Master, and you must not allow someone else to elevate you to that position either, but instead, you must be the servant. Not the hypocritical servant while loving the upper rooms, the dainties, or the privileges awarded to the gentiles, which the world uses as bait for your ego and pride.
15. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.1 John 2:15-17