Because leaders oversee the ministry and bear much responsibility, one could assume that they hold a higher place than other members of the body, that they are more important and more essential to the work, that they have the upper edge.
That assumption, however, doesn't seem to fit into God's economy.
In God's Eyes Everyone Is Important and Needed. - Leaders Aren't Superior.
- God views every member of the body as important and needed. (1 Cor. 12:22-25)
- God gives the grace and power needed for everyone to do their part, regardless of who the person is and what the Spirit has assigned for that person to do. (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:11)
- God opposes pride which tends to be at the root of a sense of superiority to others. (Prov. 8:13; 16:5; James 4:6)
- God promotes servanthood, not a hierarchy of one person at the top and the others beneath the leader. (Matt. 20:25-28)
- God defines love as that which "does not boast," "is not proud," and "is not self-seeking." (1 Cor. 13:4, 5)
In addition to what you read on this page, the Steering the Church Toward Body Life Leadership Guide looks at lessons we can learn from Jesus about relating with others from a position of humility, not superiority.
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