Luk 22:26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
Luk 22:27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.
Often times, because of how we are raised and because of how we are taught, we see things exactly the opposite of how God sees things. When we study God’s leaders, we see something unique, God chooses His rulers only after they have gone through a true “servant’s training regimen.
In the good old U.S.A., we are raised hearing our politicians describing themselves as “public servants” and all the while, they are scheming in back rooms and on golf courses how they can extract as much money and resources as possible from their constituents. I would expect nothing less, because that is the way of the current world’s political paradigm. The rich and powerful nearly always subjugate and take advantage of the poor and the powerless. However, I expect much more from the Church leadership! When Adam and Eve fell under the curse of the law, Satan was able to overturn God’s intended plan and purpose…for a season.
The disciples were all fairly confident that Jesus was the Messiah; however, none of them were exactly clear who would be second in command in His Kingdom, or third, or fourth, etc., etc.; therefore, they began to discuss among themselves who was greatest. When Jesus overheard them discussing the subject of “hierarchy” He decided to set them strait.
Mar 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and SERVANT (diakonos) of all.
SERVANT: G1249, diakonos, dee-ak'-on-os
Probably from διάκω diakō (obsolete, to run on errands; compare G1377); an attendant, that is, (generally) a waiter (at table or in other menial duties); specifically a Christian teacher and pastor (technically a deacon or deaconess): - deacon, minister, servant.
The Greek word “diakonos” is also interpreted in the King James New Testament as deacon, minister, or servant.
There is no doubt what Jesus was trying to telling His disciples, and the idea is reinforced throughout the New Testament, if they wished to be great in the Kingdom of God, or in the Church, they must be a servant to everybody! This idea of being a servant to ALL is a difficult thing for our fallen nature to swallow, and it is doubly difficult for us to actually put the idea into action in this fallen world.
Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a SERVANT, and was made in the likeness of men:
I have had the privilege in my life to be at the bottom of the totem pole, and I have also had the opportunity to be in leadership positions. No matter what anybody might tell you, giving orders is far easier for our fallen natures than taking orders. We all want to be in charge. We all naturally desire to do what we want to do… when we want to do it. We all want to do what is right in our own eyes.
Jdg 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
However, the desire by everyone to “do their own thing” creates a serious conundrum. If everyone is fighting, scratching, and clawing to get their own way and to be king of the hill…only ONE person can actually hold that position for any period of time. Therefore, everyone must accept a place somewhere down the pecking order, and the vast majority of us are positioned way down at the bottom of the hierarchy. If you want to understand why I believe the earth is currently set up in a hierarchical system, you may want to read my article “WHY HIERARCHY”.
There may be another reason for HIERARCHY that I did not mention in my “Why Hierarchy” article…I believe God is allowing the current hierarchical system to function for a short period of time in order to train future kings for His Messianic Kingdom!
First, we read the story of Joseph in the Book of Genesis. He has two different dreams and he obviously interprets his dreams to mean that all his brothers, and his mother, and his father will eventually bow down to him. Needless to say, nobody was too pleased with his dreams, or his interpretation of them.
Gen 37:10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?
I suspect Joseph would never have predicted that God’s training ground for being the ruler of Egypt would total nearly thirteen years of servitude, which would include slavery to one of Pharaoh’s officers, and finally his being a prisoner in the king’s prison. Not exactly the world’s idea of the ladder to success!
Next, we see in the Bible that Moses was a Prince of Egypt. Moses appears to be in the perfect position, from a worldly perspective, to facilitate the liberation of his Hebrew kinsman from slavery in Egypt. However, according to God’s perspective, Moses needed to go through some important leadership training, and he was NOT receiving the proper training as a prince of Egypt. Therefore, Moses had to make an important choice:
Heb 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
Heb 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Heb 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Moses chose to SUFFER AFFLICTION WITH the people of God.
SUFFER AFFLICTION WITH: G4778, sugkakoucheō, soong-kak-oo-kheh'-o
From G4862 and G2558; to maltreat in company with, that is, (passively) endure persecution together: - suffer affliction with.
I doubt that Moses could have been used by God as a deliverer, and as a Godly leader, if he would have continued as a prince in Egypt. Can you imagine what the reaction of a prince of Egypt would have been the first time his former slaves began to murmur and complain? God wants leaders who reflect Him! Therefore, God highly esteems HUMILITY. Humility is not a trait that is cultivated in palaces, board rooms, or ivy league universities!
Isa 42:2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
Isa 42:3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
Isa 42:4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
Finally, we see how tender, and gentle, and considerate our Lord Jesus is while He carefully works out our salvation, and finally how He MEEKLY delivers the whole world from the curse of sin and death by dying on the cross. The main point our Savior seems to be making is that He came using patient persuasion. Jesus came showing love and kindness. He did NOT come bullying, or strong arming people into becoming His followers, nor did He browbeat and force people to pay Him tithes, or to recognize Him as the Messiah under threat of punishment. Jesus admonished His disciples to reflect His heavenly leadership qualities. Jesus came to serve and minister to others, and His disciples should also be servants, and they were NOT to copy the tactics or the methodology of the world’s rulers.
Mar 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and SERVANT of all.
We should all meditate on Mark 9:35. This must be one of the most radical statements Jesus ever made! The Creator of the heavens and the earth, our meek Savior, the world’s Messiah, came to save the earth NOT as a wealthy ruler, or as a powerful prince, or as a conquering general, but as a SERVANT!
Zec 3:8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my SERVANT the BRANCH.
What has happened to the Church in the last two-thousand (2000) years? The Church’s leadership has slowly morphed into everything Jesus warned us against. It is not very unusual for us to read about influential ministers and pastors golfing with presidents and senators, or having strategy meetings with world leaders, or dining in five star restaurants with wealthy business leaders.
I feel very sorry for all the wealthy televangelists, all the powerful pastors, and all the status seeking ministers. It is obvious that they do not understand why Jesus warned His followers NOT to exercise lordship like the gentile kings. If you are spending all your time and energy scratching and clawing your way to the top of the Babylonian world system, you are actually fighting your way to the very bottom of the Messiah’s Kingdom…or even worse, you may be elbowing your way through the wide gate that leads to destruction. Remember this life is short, but eternity is a long, long time!
I was inspired to write this article after watching a video titled “Pastors who rule like the heathen” on JaguerRhye’s Youtube channel. I strongly encourage everybody to watch the following video, he definitely offers a unique perspective in his several teaching videos. Whether you agree with him or not, you will definitely see the world AND the Church in a new and different light!