A minister without the “title”

For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” (Hebrews 6:10 – NKJV)

God isn’t impressed with titles. Titles bring responsibility (James 3:1) but they don’t get the work finished.

People crave titles but God wants us to crave His work (Titus 2:14, 3:8; Galatians 4:18; 1 Timothy 3:1; Ephesians 2:10; Matthew 5:16).

Liberals love to praise people who have pushed the envelope for titles for they equate titles with “equality” in the church. God praises people who work in His name and in His will, for He equates equality with being in Jesus and working within the bounds of the body of Christ (Galatians 3:26-29; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13:3).

Conservatives love to praise people who have held firm to tradition for they equate tradition alone with working God’s will. God praises people who work within the tradition of the church’s faith through love, for God refuses to accept service done in His name if it’s not done in His will (Galatians 5:5-6; Romans 12:1-3).

Let’s stick to the middle of the road (or the middle of the channel) and start showing more of a concern for rowing the boat instead of where we sit in the boat. An oar moving in unison with another oar will get much more done than an oar trying to go solo not matter how big the solo oar thinks it is.

I may have gotten a little off track with the last three comments, but then again maybe not; either way let me bring it back to my original sentence: If we’re waiting around for a title to make our work have some sort of significance in the sight of man or in the sight of God then we’re not ready for that work – whatever the work is!

And by the way, try looking up what the word “minister” actually means if you don’t already know and you might get what I’m trying to say.

But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:8-12 – NKJV)

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Denominations are not to be Celebrated

I know it goes contrary to what many are taught within denominationalism, but the truth of the matter is that denominationalism damages the gospel – it does not promote it (John 17:20-21).

When you get down to the root of the issue many people in the denominational world know that division is wrong; that’s why they have “interfaith” meetings. But what they fail to understand is that the unity of the Spirit is meant to come before the spirit of unity so the bond of peace is based upon the joining power of God and not man (Ephesians 4:3).

I can appreciate the fact that many in the religious world are starting to see that division shouldn’t be so. I can appreciate the fact that many are beginning to understand that Christ wasn’t divided and those who profess to follow Him should walk according to this same measure (1 Corinthians 1:10-13, Philippians 3:16). But I cannot appreciate the fact that there are still those within denominationalism who celebrate denominationalism. There is not one single verse in all the New Testament that encourages or extols the so-called benefits of any spiritual division within the body of Christ outside of the correction of sinful living and heretical teaching (1 Corinthians 5:1-8, Titus 3:10-11). The lengths to which some go to justify their divisive teaching, divisive order and divisive influence reveals just how short-sighted their respect is for the unifying word of God.

At the end of the day setting aside the traditions of men and women for the commandments of God should be one of the many important goals that the church should have. Such was possible in the first century and such could be possible in the twenty-first century if we would only celebrate the right kind of unity that leads to true growth for the kingdom of God and stop celebrating the wrong kind of division that hinders it (Ephesians 4:13-16).

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42)

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