When ‘The Chief’ Is The Head Servant


Who is the least in the church? Presidents and Kings are not bothered with minor mundane things of the day. They symbolically,or often literally, sit on their earthly thrones of glory as their servants, or entourage, stand at their beck and call and take care of the supposed “trivial” things of life. They are too important to be bothered with such things. But in the church of Christ, those called to positions of authority become the servants. It is the Bishop who receives phones calls at inopportune times. He is the one called upon at all hours of the day and night and is expected to respond more so than anyone else.

We have been taught this principle in the scriptures by the Savior himself. He also said that “… he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.” (Luke 9:48) It is a great promise to all those that humble themselves and become low. Those same will be made great in the Lord’s kingdom.

“And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant” (Matthew 20:27).

This concept of being “chief” while at the same time being the servant, is important to understand when serving in the Lord’s kingdom. A call to lead is a call to serve, not a call to rule.

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