The Jesus was looking for workers of a different breed--those who have no interest in building a personal following, but simply want to help others find a full and free life in Jesus and to facilitate the opportunities for honest and genuine friendships to grow.
A little on...
People who come alive in the new creation have neither a desire to manage others or be managed themselves. They want to learn to listen to him, respond to him, and help others find that same joy.
So the challenge in the new creation is how to equip people without subduing them--teaching them how to follow him rather than making them dependent on our teaching or programme.
These two quotes alone tell me why I never want to set foot near a religious institution again, well never say never but so long as it's God's idea for my life.
Again MrM has hit on another of my dislikes and mentions it above,
I have noticed for a long time that the Bible said that we should not act as lords over others, and I have hated to see so called church leaders do this very thing.
Even the title Leader brings a label to the table. What we are left with is how will that "Leader's" ego be effected with that label.
Wouldn't it be a fine thing if people who did try to direct others could learn a few great words and include them in their vocabulary and see themselves as helpers, (Wayne used them in this passage), Equipping, Facilitating and Overseeing.
I love that word "Facilitate" :- to help.. to bring about..
Equipping.. :- prepare (someone) mentally for a particular situation or task.
Oversee.. :- the dictionary meanings get a little scary moving towards some official post or label here but I like the Merriam-Websters meaning,
1: survey, watch.. from his hilltop home he can oversee the river below.
Wayne hit it on the head for me, using the farmers allegory in the chapter...
As overseas in the body of Christ, they don't see themselves as police--making sure that everyone is doing what they are supposed to--but as farmers looking over the field to see what the crops might need to grow. Where is water needed? Where are weeds choking out growth?
The rest of the chapter is worthy of quoting here under the title "Equipping and Subduing" but is all in the book, as you read it maybe you will hear the music it plays, the music of hope..
Oh I love the 7 pointers listed amongst these words, it's them that started the music playing in my hopefulness and prayers..