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If you came to this blog and read the above, what would you do? Laugh and leave? Could you really take anything that I wrote after that seriously? Or would you think to yourself, “just who does she think she is?” I think that the immediate response would be to go to the “About Me” page to find out exactly who this Senior blah blah blah person is; likewise when we visit ministries we want to know who the “head” is since their title is trumpeted on the sign out front, on their church office door, and sometimes on their parking space. Why is having an official title so important to people?
I believe that the short answer is that we would like to be esteemed above all others, and the title is one of way doing that. We want to be recognized as leaders, when Christ instructed us to be humble, and that He would exalt us. Being a part of the Body of Christ for so long I have seen titles increase and expand in ways that I’ve never thought imaginable. It seems that no one is simply a “preacher” or a “minister”, or even “teacher” anymore; everyone is either a Bishop, a Prophet, a Doctor, Apostle, Messenger, etc. Please don’t scourge me, I believe that some title are apropos when given by God, but often times the head of the actual body of Christ is lost in the elevation of the title of the pastor of the local church.
As an example, my pastor from the spiritually abusive church that we used to attend started out using the moniker “Reverend” So&So, a couple of years later he changed to “Elder” So&So, and shortly after that he was ordained as “Bishop”. There was much pomp and circumstance to him receiving this esteemed title and I guess, position, but honestly, I saw no change in the man himself or his spiritual person. I was a lot younger in Christ then, so of course I was happy for him, but now I know that the titles in that ministry were nothing more than a source of pride – idols. God explicitly warns us about idols, and many cities and people were destroyed because of them, yet we have leaders of churches coveting titles as if they are a Golden Ticket to Heaven. Think again!
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. – Jesus (Jn. 14:6).
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: ( Ephesians 4:11-15).
See that? Christ gave them titles to build up the body of Christ, not themselves! When we begin to hide ourselves behind our titles we will find ourselves hidden from Christ because the title is not what we should be seeking, but everlasting life in Him. I told a lady the other day that outside of Christ I am nobody, I am nothing but a piece of clay that waits to be molded each day into what God wants me to be for Him. There are many, many people out there claiming to represent Christ, when in fact He is the last thing on their mind. Here’s a test, the next time you meet up with a high-ranking (in their mind) official of the church, address them by their first name, or even by Mr. and see what he does. My husband, on his job, met with one of these people one day, and of course my husband didn’t use “Elder”, just Mr. and his last name (it was corporate business), and this gentleman quickly corrected him to use his title. When he told me I just smiled; For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also Matt. 6:21). Let us neither be impressed with nor covetous of titles because they are only of value on Earth, and they take the focus off of the mission, which is bringing souls to Christ. Someone asked me once, what is your husband’s title in the church, I answered them with “follower of Christ”, and they told me that I was trying to be deep lol. Yet isn’t that what professing Christians are supposed to be? I guess it would have been more acceptable to say, “He is the Honorable Apostle Pastor BLK, Jr., PhD”, errr no! He is just a man with a heart for God, and that is all that matters.
Jesus Christ – The Highest Title
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence (Col. 1:17-18).
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: (Col. 2:10).
Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God (Col. 2:18-19).
Even Paul when going from city to city to preach Christ’s message did not trumpet himself as “Apostle Paul”, he went in with “…I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles…(Eph. 3:1)” “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ…(Rom. 1:1)”, and if anyone should have had bragging rights, it was him lol, but he called himself a humble servant of the Lord Jesus Christ and our God the Father. We ought to strive to be more like Paul, and humble ourselves before the Lord, shed the titles which won’t mean much in the end, and begin serving Christ out of a pure heart.