Subject: March 14th — Daily Devotional by Watchman Nee

Ye know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Not so shall it be among you. but whosoever would become great among you shall be your minister. Matthew 20.25, 26.

The church is not like the nations which have their rulers and great ones. For ‘all ye are brethren” (Matt. 23.8). It is not only unscriptural but also a violation of the command of the Lord to have a religious hierarchy. To rule and to teach people spiritually is permissible, but to rule over people positionally is absolutely forbidden. The bishops, elders, pastors, teachers, and so forth in the Bible are spiritually instituted. We should faithfully serve the Lord and seek to please Him only. It is sinful to entertain the thought of gaining a higher position through service.

The Lord My Portion by Watchman Nee

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