KEY SCRIPTURE: ACTS 20:19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying-in wait of the Jews:
Read Acts 20:17-33
Apostle Paul speaks to the leaders of the church in Ephesus before going to Jerusalem. He knew he would not see them again. He then gave them his last words.
Apostle Paul began by telling them the attitude and manner with which he served God in their midst. He did not refer to himself as leading them but serving them. He said he served the Lord in humility of mind This is an exhortation that every leader, pastor in the house of God must learn. Paul meant he worked or served with the mentality that, God will one day reward his work, and so he had to put up every meek attitude. Every leader must always carry a humble attitude, for if you lose sight of the fact that you are serving under God, pride would easily set in, and you would begin to do things as if you are of yourself. Many leaders in the house of God have fallen into all kinds of deceptive sins because they began to fill they are the ultimate or above everybody. It is a big error, to think that you are above everybody in the house of God.
Do not think of your function or role as a position but just a duty and a divine responsibility. It is what you do that has offered you the privilege to be where you are. Our father God has appointed each of us in his vineyard. Now listen dear leader, YOU ARE NOT SUPERIOR TO ANYBODY IN THE HOUSE OF GOD. We are all equal in the sight of God, playing various roles. Your function demands special honour from others so that the work would be effectively done. 1st Timothy 5:17” Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching.” God has designed that leaders who labor in teaching in the house of GOD must be given double honour, they must be appreciated as well. As they give honour to you, you must likewise humble yourself towards them by showing true love for them. In this way, you will not fall into Satan’s deception of pride and arrogance. He said he also served with tears. this serving with tears had to do with his prayer for them as well as enduring certain temptations. (Acts 20:31). He meant he served with a strong awareness with the presence of God that was with him and his purpose that must be done.
My heavenly father, I pray that we will all serve in your vineyard with meekness and reverence for you,
1st Peter 5:2. Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
1st Peter 5:4. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.