We Are To Be Followers, Not Leaders
The ministry is not so much leadership and followship.
1 Corinthians 11:1 (KJV)Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
We must not forget that the context of this verse reaches back into the previous chapter where Paul says, among other things, 1 Corinthians 10:33 (KJV)Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
The ministry is one of followship. In my understanding of the Bible, we are not to consider ourselves as leaders but as followers of Christ. Then, as we follow Christ, we call others to follow with us.
Paul had those who didn’t want to follow Christ the same way he did. They wanted to follow Christ. They just didn’t want to follow Paul while doing it. I think every pastor experiences the burden of those who, at some point, decide they are not willing to follow the Lord the way we do.
I’ve been adamant that I am not changing how I follow the Lord.
- I’m not changing the standards
- I’m not changing the doctrines
- I’m not changing the Bible
- I’m not changing the Baptist name
I’m not changing these things. Over time, I’ve discovered that some people, even in our church, disagree.
I saw a picture of a church group out witnessing. I’m thankful people witness, but this group was dressed in clothes I would only wear in the privacy of my home. Pastors I have admired for years congratulated the pastor for having such a group as witnesses. Twenty-five years ago, I was recognized and commended for standing opposed to such worldliness. Today, should I make the same stand, I would be condemned by the same men who praised me then.
A pastor follows the Lord. As he does so, he’s calling to those who wish to follow the Lord with him.
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1 Corinthians 11:1 (KJV) We Are To Be Followers, Not Leaders
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