|Posted by GFNSProductions on April 12, 2012 at 4:10 AM|
Bishop, Reverend, Father, Pastor, Sensei, & so on. Why do we feel that we have to add a title before our names in order for us to be identified as a minister of the gospel? I've even heard one brother say in the middle of a sermon, "Don't call me 'brother!' I'm your pastor!"Jesus was so much against this that He spoke about it specifically while here on earth. It is written:
"Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your spiritual Father. And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." (Matthew 23:8-12) NLT
In some versions, some of these verses are rendered: "Do not be called Leaders/Master; for One is your Leader/Master, that is, Christ." (Matthew 23:10)
Whenever I serve in a ministry, I often have to cringe at certain times due to titles, such as: Leader, or Teacher being forced upon me. The question arises: "Why are not others running away from such titles as well?" (John 6:15) I know I am not the only one that feels this way, because I know of several other brothers and sisters that refuse to be called by titles other than "Brother" or "Sister". Many of them serve in the positions of Elders, and Ministerial Servants/Deacons; yet, they don't feel as if they need to identify themselves by such titles.
Nevertheless, I must admit that certain brothers in the Bible are mentioned by their offices in order to distinguish them from others with the same name. For instance, the Apostle Paul was rightly referred to as 'The Apostle' by others, but I wonder if they called him by this title when speaking to him face to face. I'm under the assumption that they said, "Hey, how is it going Brother Paul?" in hebrew or greek of course. Yet, I wasn't there, so I can't say this is a definite fact. However, I am sure that this was the case in light of the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In conclusion, I ask you all this question, namely: who is your Pastor? Despite the fact that I acknowledge that many serve in different capacities in the church, such as: the offices of pastor, teacher, apostle, prophet, and evangelist; Ultimately though, my pastor is Jesus Christ. What about you brothers and sisters?