Matthew 22:35-40 KJV
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Jesus was and is our greatest example of love and serving. Everything He did while on this earth was for the betterment and good of others. He is the Son of God, yet in all the miracles, signs, and wonders that He did, He never sought glory for Himself but for the Father.
Ephesians 4:11 KJV
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Why did Jesus do this? Let’s look at verse 12.
Ephesians 4:12 KJV
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
So many today are seeking a title. They want to be the great Apostle, Prophet, etc. Sadly, on multiple occasions I have been faced with people getting offended if they were not addressed with the appropriate title. I realize some do it in a lack of maturity, while others do it out of pride. This leads to the question of what are we really seeking? Are we seeking to serve with the humble heart of Yeshua, to take our rightful places as part of the Body of Christ in order to edify that Body, or are we seeking glory for self?
Galatians 1:1 KJV
1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
Look at how the Apostle Paul, who wrote most of the new testament, referred to himself in his letter to Galatia. Notice that he states his name, and then that he was an apostle. Why didn’t he start out saying that he was an apostle first? Paul recognized that being an apostle was not a title to be lifted up by, but the calling and grace given to Him by Elohim in order to serve and build up the Body. It is also worthy to take note that while reading the New Testament, you will simply see that the apostles even referred to each other by just their names. Paul went here, or Peter did this. I am in no way saying it is bad to be addressed by these titles, but it is very important to understand why they were even given. They simply were given to describe the lane we are to run in or the giftings we’ve been given to serve with. They were never given in order to bring glory to man or to lift one person up over the other. We all should fervently seek the Father for understanding of the giftings and callings that He has placed in us as part of the Body of Christ. However, I urge each of us to make sure that we do it with a heart of humility and a purpose to use those gifts and callings to serve.
Proverbs 4:7 AMP
7 “The beginning of wisdom is: Get [skillful and godly] wisdom [it is preeminent]!
And with all your acquiring, get understanding [actively seek spiritual discernment, mature comprehension, and logical interpretation].
1 Corinthians 12:11-12 AMP
11 All these things [the gifts, the achievements, the abilities, the empowering] are brought about by one and the same [Holy] Spirit, distributing to each one individually just as He chooses. 12 For just as the body is one and yet has many parts, and all the parts, though many, form [only] one body, so it is with Christ.