“The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless–not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. “(Reference: Titus 1:5-9 )
I have, beloved, profiled all of my family members that have been in ministry. Except, I guess, myself. So how do I measure up? Well, I’m old. But I am not sure of being blameless. As for the rest of Paul’s qualifications, let’s just stop there. My point though, beloved, is that Paul’s definitions of what a servant of God must be like does not necessarily match God’s. Or the historic Anabaptists for that matter. One of the historic Anabaptists, Jacob the Chandler, wrote that servants of God are “to serve the kingdom from love, and to live therein to the Lord and their neighbor, and not to themselves. Hence the apostle complains of some, saying: “All seek their own, and not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.” Phil. 2:21. Thus let all that serve the kingdom, who are chosen according to the rule and ordinance of the Scriptures to serve the church, give themselves to the church from love.” It is as simple as that – serve with love thinking not of one’s self but of others. And I might say further, not just in church settings. One of my seminary professors felt strongly that people other than church leaders could minister. Caring and being of service to another was for him ministry. So we all, beloved, are in ministry to one another. And that is very, very good. Because in our modern world we are in need of as many ministers as we can get.
May you beloved, dedicate your lift to caring for others in which ever way God calls you to. And may God surround you with the ministers you need. Selah!