And He Himself gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as bringers of good news, and finally, some as pastors who are also teachers, for the equipping of the saints for ministering work with a view to the building up of the Body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the Faith and of the experiential, full, and precise knowledge of the Son of God, to a spiritually mature man - Ephesians 4:11-13 I had not been looking for a position or recognition. I was simply functioning as a disciple of Jesus Christ. But many in my church informed me that BECAUSE I was not seeking status, this qualified me for recognition. My wife and I were hospitable. A small church group met in our home. We prayed for each other. Healings occurred. Folks were baptized and deliverances were just part and parcel of the Kingdom package. So when the church asked me to take on a formal pastoral post, I pondered the formality. Was this necessary? The only changes to the circumstances were financial compensation and the title. I did not request either. From what I read and observed, EVERY MAN has the ability to move in and out of any of those various offices throughout his walk. I took the position as servant leader, knowing that God’s sovereignty can move a man into and out of those 4-fold ministry functions during his lifetime, as the need requires.
Daily Battle Order:
Don’t let a title or recognition hinder your real call. We men are called to be living stones, being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. That is the measure of your victory. We are to answer the call as sons, not as professionals. Walk as a priest in your home as Jesus did. Your victory is in measured in the laying down of your life for others, as a servant king.