And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying, Master, we would that you should do for us whatever we shall desire. And he said to them, “What would you that I should do for you?” They said to him, Grant to us that we may sit, one on your right hand, and the other on your left hand, in your glory… Jesus said to them, “to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared”… then Jesus called them together and 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 your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave 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.” – Mark 10:35-45
Serve one another humbly in love. – Galatians 5:13
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. – Philippians 2:3
From the time of the earthly ministry of Christ up unto this present age, men have sought positions of glory and authority over other men in the Kingdom of God and in the Church. The Catholic and Protestant movements have departed from the True Apostolic Faith and have perverted the gifts that God gave His Church – turning them into ecclesiastical offices of hierarchy whereby one office is subservient to another.
Men are fighting, struggling, politicking and engaging in all types of ungodly activities to gain an advantage in acquiring an ecclesiastical title and position of prestige, honor, rank and power in many of our Christian Churches. A pastorship has become more about serving the ambition and ego of the Pastor than about serving the purpose of God. The office of Pastor is now defined by society’s perception of success, grand titles and scholastic achievements rather than the anointing of God.
Everything that calls itself a Pastor may not have been sent by God but by greed, pride and selfish ambition. The offices that God sends are offices of selfless services whereby one esteems the other better than himself.
“Although we may have different offices, we are all servants one of another.”