Friday, January 17, 2014

Do I Need A 'Hook' To Get Noticed?

I get the feeling that sometimes we feel we have to reinvent the wheel; that what has been established isn't good enough and we need something new. I don't think people look around and say "What new way can I serve Jesus" but it comes off that way. Many leaders seem to look for that "hook" that will make them stand out in the crowd; that says "hey look at me, I'm different". But maybe different in the Body of Christ isn't a good thing.

In Apostle Paul's description of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12) there are no stars. In fact, Paul said that Yahweh had arranged it so everyone, regardless of gifting and responsibility, were on equal footing:

But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. (1 Corinthians 12:24-26)

What leadership has been put into place has been warned not to laud it over anyone but they are to have servant attitudes (hearts). Jesus taught that leaders in the Kingdom are servants, putting their own needs last, behind those who they are responsible for, just like Jesus. Don't be mistaken, there are leaders in the Body, but only one Head, and they are considered trainers. Ephesians 4 speaks of the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers that Jesus has appointed as trainers, preparing the Body for good works.

All this to say that leaders do not have to find hooks to stand out because they don't need to stand out. We don't need to find a new way to serve because it has already been given to us. We do not need to make "pleasing Yahweh" a complicated thing. This is what he told Israel:

And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good? (Deuteronomy 10:12-13)

Jesus summed it up in one short sentence for us:

If you love me, keep my commands. (John 14:15)

We don't have to reinvent the wheel. We don't have to make it some great mystery. It is not something out of our grasp. We don't need leaders putting their own twist on it. Love Yahweh with your entire being, with all your passion, intellect, time, possessions and love everyone as you want to be loved. Do what Jesus taught. Not complicated. The only thing you need to do is deny yourself (set aside your opinions, emotions, desires), take up your cross (walk in your gifting, calling and the mission given to us), and follow Jesus (do what he did through the Holy Spirit who has been given to you).

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