This is coming from my devotions this morning–by the way I was very tempted to start the post with the word WELL but remembered quickly that it has to go the way of warshed or I am in trouble. Now they have me working on “things”. If I stay here long enough I may learn to speak English. I really thought that when I moved to the USA I would not have this problem of my language but boy was I wrong.
WELL here goes from my devotions today: That well was for Amy Coffey.
I really have no desire to cause any controversy but here are some interesting thoughts from what I read today and then verses that I looked up afterwards that I have used to teach others. Consider them with me and you decide. I am truly not trying to rock the boat but to be fair in Scripture.
Job 32:21 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.
Job 32:22 For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.
The problem maybe that we should accept a man for who he is rather than his title. Sometimes we make much of certain men and the common man is not treated with the same respect. I think that might be the first thought that is being taught here.
I think also it refers to showing partiality towards some over others which should not be the way a Christian treats another. I do not think that it means that we can not use the terms of common courtesy that we should use towards others in our culture. I am afraid that often we want pastors, preachers, etc to be treated in a partial manner and that I think is against this Scriptural teaching.
Mat 23:7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
Men tend to love their titles and to be treated with a respect that may not be deserved. I am afraid that men of God have often felt that they deserved a treatment that we did not give back to others and we want the title and everyone to know who we are.
Mat 23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
I am not against people using titles but we certainly aren’t to expect it I don’t think and we are to realize that before Christ there is one master and we are all equal and brethren.
Mat 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
Mat 23:10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
We are not to seek out titles like the great Roman church does and we criticize them for doing so then follow very closely in their footsteps. We are not fathers, rabbis, masters, etc. We are but men and men at their best are not much just men.
Mat 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
Mat 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
We are called upon to be servants. That word really means like slaves and so for me to expect or require to be called more than my name is probably taking too much upon myself. I will not stop people from calling me anything but I hope to never get used to or comfortable thinking that in some way I am the boss, or superior in anyway to others.
I know that this didn’t win me any new friends but I do think that it is right Biblically. I am more than willing for you to comment and show me the error of my thoughts.
1Pe 5:3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
We aren’t lords or bosses or big shots but just examples to His flock. Too much we expect them to think that we are something–to treat us like Hollywood starts or athletes when we are really just their slaves as we are slaved to Jesus Christ.
What do you think?