THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
USING ANYONE AND EVERYONE
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Yesterday we saw that God can use anyone. Today we see that
God in fact delights in using the least among us. “Consider
your own calling, brothers. Not many of you were wise by human
standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble
birth. Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame
the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the
strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world,
those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who
are something” (1 Cor 1:26-28).
That is foolishness according to the wisdom of the world!
Even in the Church, people tend to look to, and choose as
leaders, those who are intellectually more capable, those
who have positions of power and prestige, and those who have
social standing. God chooses the opposites!
reason is “so that no human being might boast before
God.” (1 Cor 1:29). Indeed, don’t those who are
intelligent, powerful and with social standing end up looking
to their own human capabilities and resources? And if in spite
of this God still uses them for His purposes, might they not
end up considering that it was precisely due to who they were
that they succeeded? That ends in pride, which ends in being
brought low by God Himself.
the uneducated or not-so intelligent man, the powerless poor,
the lowbrows of society -- are these not those who, when used
by God, would readily admit it was not out of their own human
wisdom or strength? They then point to God and give Him the
glory that is His due. It is such a person who looks not to
self but only to the Lord. “It is due to him that you
are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as
well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.”
(1 Cor 1:30). Christ is our all.
that is the case, how can we ever boast of our own capabilities?
That would be foolishness and devoid of all reality. Thus,
“as it is written, ‘Whoever boasts, should boast
in the Lord.’” (1 Cor 1:31).
One more thing. As has been said, God can use anyone, and
God wants to use everyone. But God uses them in different
ways. He allocates resources as He wills. “To one he
gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one--to each
according to his ability.” (Mt 25:15a). Though God can
use anyone, all of us also have different abilities (which
abilities also came from God). That is why in a CLS for example,
one is a speaker and one a floor sweeper. Both are important
and both are used by God to get the overall task done, but
obviously the abilities are different.
is important is to use what is given by God to accomplish
His purposes. The one with five talents and the one with two
talents both doubled the master’s possessions. And so
both, even with different human value to their contribution,
received the same citation. “Well done, my good and
faithful servant. .... Come, share your master’s joy.”
the one given one talent did not even try to make use of it.
His master’s words were harsh. “You wicked, lazy
servant!” (Mt 25:26a). And his punishment was severe.
“And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
(Mt 25:30). For those called by God to serve Him, the worst
judgment is to be called useless, and the worst sentence is
to be cast out into the darkness.
A final word. We may have 5 talents or just 1 talent. What
is important is to use what God has given us. If we do, if
we prove faithful, then God gives us more. “For to everyone
who has, more will be given and he will grow rich” (Mt
25:29a). So you grow from CLS facilitator to Chapter Servant.
You grow in divine wisdom and godly values. You enlarge your
territorial responsibility. That is how the Kingdom and work
of God grow, and how we grow in service as well.