Power and Prestige


The Upward Look
© Copyright 2008, Max D. Hutto,

“ I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say.”
   3 John 9 NASB

Whatever the apostle John had written in a previous letter to this church, it did not sit well with Diotrephes. Diotrephes may have been an elder or just an influential member of the church, but he wanted to be in charge, to be the leader or dictator of the church. He refused to listen to the apostle. He demanded his own way no matter what the apostle or any other person had to say. Many a church member has had this same dangerous desire for power and prestige, demanding that things be done his way. These prideful and power hungry members have refused to listen to other church leaders or to the Holy Spirit.


 Lord Jesus, You are to have first place in our lives and in Your church. Help me to carefully listen to Your voice and to submit to Your leadership.



November 21, 2008

 


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