Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants (huperetas) of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. – 1 Corinthians 4:1
Paul uses the term huperetas to describe ministry. The term huperetas is used to describe a team of criminals who work together in the galleys to row a war-ship. These guys had to work together, if one had a poor attitude or was lazy it affected the whole ship – not to mention the team he was on.
I think that Paul is trying to communicate a couple of things. One is that we should all understand ministry is not about the small area of ministry that we are part of…it is about the big picture…the ship is only a tool that God uses to reach a destination…God desires that we work together to reach a specific destination. This requires that each of us work together to reach God’s specific destination. Can you imagine if one of the rowers said, “I don’t want to row in this direction any more I want to go the other way.” The ship would be out of control. Never reaching their desired destination.
The second thing we need to see is that God never calls us to do a big job by yourself. A large ship could never move through the water if it only had one or two rowers. It would need a large team. Though they used criminals, we need to use fellow servants who are dedicated to the call of Christ. Those who are willing to sacrifice and give of there time, energy and resources. So no mater what you are going through in ministry God has a team for you to work with. The question you need to begin asking is who is that team? What job responsibilities do I need covered in order to head in the direction that God has called our church or ministry to?
Lastly, it will require hard work…you will probably have to be in the galleys with other fellow followers of Christ. Being a leader is not just about just telling people what to do, it requires us leading IN the galleries. Jeanne Mayo calls it “leading in the trenches.” Everything that we will ever accomplish in ministry that is going to be affective requires many hours of assembling people, organizing them by their gifting and then everyone digging in and getting the job done.
You and I can accomplish huper (super) things for Christ as we work together with the right attitude and when we are willing to be devoted to seeing God’s mandates on our churches to completion.
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