“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” – Mark 16:15-18
LIGHT FOR NOW: In God’s kingdom where we are and belong, greatness is servanthood.
Having known what the gospel is and seen key words used in its description, it is pertinent we begin to explore who the minister of the gospel is. In our previous study, we have established what the aim of this study is and what this study is on “who is the minister of the gospel” will be clarified. In Matthew 20:26-28 where our lead will be taken from reads, “But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister. And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give his life a ransom for many”. Recall, the same account of Matthew 20:26-28 is documented in Mark 10:43-45.
The word “minister” in these two synoptic texts will be key to in our study. That word “minister” used by both Matthew and Mark was translated from two Greek words:
“Diakoneo” – It implies to be an attendant, to wait upon, to serve. Paul taught with the same word in his first letter to Timothy, translated by the King James Version of the books of the bible as “the office of a deacon” (1Timothy 3:13 “For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus”).
“Diakonos” – It implies an attendant, a waiter, servant and a deacon.
Notice carefully from Jesus’ explanation in context: The first thing to note is that Jesus explained greatness in God’s kingdom as servanthood, service. He taught it as different from the way the world sees and understands greatness. Having in context seen the first fact, we’ll see the second fact in the next study. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: In God’s kingdom, greatness is servanthood; think!
PRAYER: Father, I walk in your purpose and plans even as I serve you by serving the church, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Influence and affluence is not greatness in God’s kingdom but servanthood.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3; EVENING: MARK CHAPTER 10