The disciples of the Lord must avoid the cult of personality
Beloved, today I would like to share with you this message of which I am inspired. It concerns particularly the servants of God who exercise a ministry and also every disciple of Jesus Christ in general.
I will begin with these verses of a chapter given to me by the Lord:
25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.
26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.
27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
Our Lord surprises us once again by his unlimited humility and wisdom. He asks that the greatest of his disciples behave as if he were the smallest, so to be humble as the Lord Himself has always been.
Yes, our Lord is humble, he has accepted all kind of suffering and humiliation on the cross from the ungodly, for sinners that we are, he who is God and who creates all things and to whom belong all things.
Said this, I will go into the heart of the matter and talk about the behavior of certain servants of the Lord our God. Some of them have lost all trace of humility. As soon as they begin to have success in the exercise of the ministry entrusted to them, by God, they become more and more interested in worldly things such as the glory and the luxury among others.
Nowadays, it is not uncommon to see in the churches a whole lot of protocols worthy of kings or presidents of certain countries.
It is also common to see networks of churches within which people very often speaks of one person, the founder it be. What we forget by this is that the Church is the body of Christ, it belongs to Christ. If God passes through you to build church somewhere in the world, give all the glory to God. It is he who gives the means and it is he who brings forth his sheep. This is by no means our power to us, human beings.
It is important to avoid the cult of personality in the exercise of a ministry of God. The servant’s name should not prevail over the ministry with the whole church and its members. The minister must not be the principal of the angle, Jesus being the only one to be.
11 Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’
Even if the other persons give us too much importance, as some know how to flatter, it is up to us as a minister to do the humble and find out ways to correct the situation.
Our heavenly father said himself that he is a jealous God, we must not provoke his jealousy by usurping his place and his works. Yet when we pray God we invoke the name of Jesus Christ. We do not pray in our name and we do not pray anyone other than God in Jesus, if I may say so.
14 Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.
15 for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land.
We must avoid making our’s the place that belongs to the Lord, if not we risk falling into the hands of Satan, the Devil who is waiting for this kind of opportunity to bring down the servants of the living God.
I invite you to pray regularly to avoid being tempted by the enemy who always seeks to harm the children of God. When we are minister, the Devil constantly seeks us in search of fault to attack us. All means are good including luxury, money, glory and others things.
I conclude by recalling the importance for a minister of God to remain within the ministry for which he is called, according to Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12. For example one should not seek to play the role of apostle if the Lord Did not designated him and anointed as an apostle.
A pastor must look after a local church members and must not prophesy if he does not have the gift of rophecy.
May the Almighty and Merciful God the Father bless you in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen!
Joseph Guindeba, Servant of Jesus Christ