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Every day, many people want to be the boss of their lives. In order to do so, they need to climb the social ladder. Working very hard is one of the many means of securing that goal, and the other strategy is to do their very best to please their superiors. These are the most common tactics used in the business and political world.
Deacons, elders and pastors are not the bosses of churches. Because pastors are hired by churches, some of them intentionally or subconsciously try to please the church board. And by doing so, they acknowledge the deacon board or the elder board as their bosses. Very sad, isn’t it?
As a church leader, the Apostle Peter reminds his colleagues that only Jesus Christ is the Boss of the Church, and they must serve with the right attitude, and first and foremost, they are accountable to Him. Let’s ponder the words of Peter.
1To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. (1 Peter 5:1–4 NIV)
Let’s pose a question to God. “Dear Jesus Christ, can You help me to serve with the right attitude?”
Let’s practice what you learnt. Pray that you will serve with the right attitude.
Let’s proclaim to others about your experiential knowledge. Share with a Christian your new understanding of serving God and others.