1 Corinthians 4:1-2 – This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.
Paul is writing to the Corinthian church to let them know how they should receive his ministry. This is in further discussion after there was division in the church over who’s teaching to follow. Paul is a servant of Christ and thusly all he does and says should point to Christ. A steward is one who manages or takes care of the mysteries of God. Even more, one who teaches the word, must be steadfast in their faith.
Paul, all the apostles and pastors are servants of Christ gifted to teach the word of God to shepherd their flock. We should not lift anyone up or place someone on a pedestal because of their loftiness in speech or other gifting. Even the angel who God sent to tell John the things that must take place in Revelation said not to worship him as he is a fellow servant. Jesus is the perfect servant leader who sacrificed everything to save the world form sin thereby reconciling man with God for those who believe in the name of Jesus. As followers of Jesus we are called to serve and in doing our service we should point others to our Lord. To be an ambassador for Christ, I must be keep a faithful walk towards Jesus and focus on Him.
Thank you for the truth in your word. Let me regard pastors and leaders as fellow servants of Christ. Keep me focused and faithful to know you and make you known!