Rom. 15:16 “That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.”
The word “Minister” here is from a Latin word “Ministro” which literally means “a servant” or “an attendant”. It was derived from the root word “Minus” which means “less”. So if you are called by our Lord to minister to Him, you are literally a servant to Him. You are the “less” (least) among the member of His Body for no servant is greater than his master (John 15:20, John 13:16). If you are called to be a pastor, you are a servant to the flock you are ministering and not the other way around. It is you who is less compared to the flock. And it is you who must decrease. It is you who must serve and not that the flock will serve you.
But this is not so among the so-called “pastors” today. They are lifting themselves among the congregation of God. They wanted to be higher than the believers that they are “serving”. This spirit of Nicolaitan origin has been conquering the flock ever since (Rev. 2:8). They wanted to be served than to serve.
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