Been happily spending my time in Christ’s teachings, I’m being exposed to concepts I haven’t seen in today’s church. I’m also in a bit of transition in life right now, which has resulted in me keeping back some of my thoughts from this blog and placing heavy emphasis on what’s to come. I’m sure in the future I’ll get back to consistently being here… will probably rename and theme this blog, but for now please bare with me as I am a little sporadic. Could really use your prayer support for this coming season as we prepare to start a new ministry and potentially begin writing a book.
For today though I ran across a Pauline passage that affirms some of the teachings of Christ that really excited me…
17They eagerly seek you, not commendably, but they wish to shut you out so that you will seek them.
18But it is good always to be eagerly sought in a commendable manner, and not only when I am present with you.
19My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you–
20but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you. Gal 4 17-20
Paul was attempting to restore the freedom that Christ had given to the Galatians in regard to the way the other leaders were attempting to lord over them their leadership and their rules. He makes a strong statement that he is laboring until Christ is formed in them.
We see this kind of thing going on today where leaders try and win a following for selfish gain. It’s not always the case, thank God. I know a lot of wonderful leaders who want Christ to be formed in their flocks. But the current model of church lends itself to an apposition to the servant posture that Christ commanded. Kind of like an inescapable default mode of lordship.
8“But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.
9“Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.
10“Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.
11“But the greatest among you shall be your servant.
12“Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. Matt 23:8-10
It’s when this posture is fully implemented into the Church body, that the leaders are given the opportunity to be healthy and amongst the people. And the people can have a much better chance of having Christ formed in them and get to know Christ the thing He died to give us.
I would be afraid to share this if this weren’t so very clearly what Christ taught. But it’s pretty clear and it speaks for itself. Enjoy.