God is calling His leaders to model His heart!
In Mark 10:42-45 Jesus said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be servant of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
True authority in leadership cannot be forced, but it is the God-given ability to influence others, to raise others up, and lead them by example. It is not condescending or intimidating, but temperate. And even in cases where correction is needed, Christ-like leadership is firm, but kind. Many people in positions of authority use intimidation to rule over others.
But as the Lord said in verse 43, “Not so with you.” Intimidation may get quicker results – it may get you what you want – but it is not Christ-like authority and it will not produce His likeness in others. And it is not what our Lord desires of us.
The Purpose of Authority
Apostles James and John had asked the Lord if they could sit at His right side and left when He reigned over His kingdom. This caused an argument among His disciples. They were still thinking only of Christ’s ruling on this earth, and wanted to be a part of that. They did not realize yet that authority is given to serve others, not to rule over them.
The Lord shared with them in verses 42-45 what it meant for them to have positions of authority over people. It was His intention to show His disciples the true purpose of authority. He knew that they would have great authority in the church, and His desire was for them to use that authority to serve His church, not to lord over them.
Jesus told them that even He, the Son of God, did not come to be served, but to give His life as a ransom for many (see Mark 10:45). He was trying to show them that He was sent to them with the purpose of serving them, even to the point of death, and that they should model His example of leadership.
Laying Down Our Lives
Though He had created man, Jesus gave His life to serve and die for those He had created. Everyday He woke with an eternal purpose in His mind: To raise up His Church! His life was not lived to serve Himself, to go where He wanted, and to do what He wanted. No, He laid down His own desires to follow the will and plan of His Father.
Not only was His death a sacrifice for us, but His life was a living sacrifice. Every moment of His life on earth was lived for us. He could have been enjoying the splendor of heaven, but instead gave it up to become a sacrificial gift, a “ransom for many.”
Like Christ, our lives are not our own. And though we are given prosperity and positions of authority in this life, we must never use those positions and possessions to fulfill our own plans and agendas.
For if God chooses to bless us with power and authority, it is for the purposes of the Kingdom of Heaven and not our own personal gain.
Power to SERVE
In the world’s system, it seems to be the powerful who rule over the weak. But we are not to pattern ourselves after the world’s system, but after God’s. It was His desire that power be used to serve, not rule; to raise up, not to push down.
Jesus knew that a great leader must have no regard for his own life, but must lay down his life for the sake of others. The Lord said in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Every truly great man or woman in history has regarded his life as less valuable than those he served.
Our purpose as Christians must be to lay down our own will to do the will of our Father. It is His will that we serve others and see them as more important than ourselves. So often we have seen power corrupt the hearts of men and make them useless for the Kingdom of Heaven. But if we can keep in mind that power is given to serve our Lord, not ourselves, then we have a safeguard around our heart, keeping it safe from the corruption that power can bring with it. If we can see that all we accomplish is for the Lamb of God, not for ourselves, then we will have access to the power and authority of the God.
As the Body of Christ, we must recognize that we all have the same Master, and He did not come to this earth to be served, but to serve. If you have been given authority, then remember His words, “Not so with you.” Do not use your authority, whatever its capacity, to control, manipulate or intimidate those placed under you, but use it to liberate them. To love, not hate; to forgive, not judge; to redeem, not to condemn.
Authority is given to us so that we can do for others what God has done for us. We must live our lives openly before those we seek to raise up so they may see the genuineness of our lives. If we fail to treat those under our authority with the proper respect, then we should apologize to them and ask for their forgiveness. If we cannot humble ourselves to do this, it may lead to their resentment of us and cause them to stumble. For their sake and our own, we must humble ourselves.
If God has placed people under your authority then He must think very highly of you, because He has given you something that He cherishes very much. Each person He gives you, is a gift as well as a responsibility. These gifts must be appreciated and loved. We must treat them with respect, even when, in their immaturity, they disrespect us.
If you have been given authority, don’t use it to lord over others, but to inspire and lead them!
ALL AUTHORITY IS DELEGATED AUTHORITY.
It is not your own. It comes from God to the Son, and then to whosoever He delegates. One must not, never, take authority upon oneself without that authority being conferred by one in higher authority.
Rightly and God-appointed authority brings great benefits to those submitted to the same authority.
Treat those who are in authority with great respect and obey them for they have been appointed and sent by the Lord to accomplish His purposes. To disobey them would be disastrous to the Cause of Christ as well as to those who oppose that authority.
Hebrews 13: 7, 17 ( KJV )
Verse 7, “Remember those who have the rule over you, who have spoken the Word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.”
Verse 17, “Obey those who have the rule over you and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.”
Hebrews 13:7 (NKJV) Concluding Religious Directions
7 Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.
Hebrews 13:17 (NKJV)
17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
This article was written to inspire and exalt the precious Body of Christ by my teacher and mentor Rev. Dr. Samuel Kurian Thomas. Be Blessed!
Bro Chim TS,
Rev. Dr. Sam Kurian Thomas, D. Min.
Dr. Thomas has been in ministry since 1972. He is the Presiding Elder of the Apostolic Council of the Apostolic Faith Church. The Mission of the Church is the RESTORATION OF APOSTOLIC CHRISTIANITY.
After handing over pastoral duties to others, Dr. Thomas through Daystar School of Leadership & Daystar School of Ministry has been actively engaged in leadership and ministry training for pastors and ministers for more than 15 years, focusing especially on Third World Nations; and providing them free training materials. His mission is to establish Apostolic Christianity.
He has been actively working with other Apostolic / Prophetic leaders of the Church to form Apostolic Councils from Africa to Fiji in the Pacific. The Council provides ordination, oversight and leadership for ministers, ministries and fellowships who desire to be part of Apostolic Christianity as patterned in the Scriptures and that is emerging everywhere today. We contend earnestly for the Apostolic Faith that was once for all delivered to the Saints (Jude 3).
Dr. Thomas is in the process of setting up these schools in Malaysia at Zenith Corporate Park, Kelana Jaya, Malaysia. The schools will begin operations in January 2016. He and his Team intend to activate the Saints through the mobile school – Daystar Apostolic School of Ministry and Daystar Leadership Training for the fulfillment of purpose and destiny, equipping potential leaders by recognizing, raising, and releasing seasoned, proven, mature, valid and fruitful ministry in the body of Christ according to Ephesians 4:13. The Lord also, is bringing His ministers, Christian businessmen / businesswomen, professionals and all believers into perfect alignment to God’s will through teaching, training, mentoring and oversight; and maintaining these relationships in the love of Christ.
At this moment, he holds revival meetings called “LIVING FREE MINISTRIES” every Sunday at 5.30 pm and speaks at various fellowships and groups.
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Dr. Thomas has written & compiled many books and training manuals for personal, Christian leadership and ministry development. They are available upon written request. You also may invite to speak him to speak at any of your meetings.
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