Today’s Scripture: Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 1 Corinthians 4:1

We are ministers of Christ! What does that mean? It is a position that is both subordinate and honorable. To help us understand the balance of subordination and honor, let’s look into what the word “minister” means. In the Greek, the word translated “ministers” literally means “under-rowers.”

Think of a Roman ship. It had a whole level of galley slaves that were there to man the oars. They were not the captain! The captain did not do the rowing. The captain made the decisions about where to go and bossed people around. He was in charge.

As “ministers,” we are “under-rowers.” We are subordinate. We are “rowing” under His guidance. We are laboring with other ministers to accomplish God’s will. We may be think, “I don’t want to be a ‘galley slave.’” Why not? Are we greater than our Master?

This is a wonderful thing! We are with the Captain! We are on His ship. We should rather be an “under-rower” any day than not be on the boat at all. Not all of us our ministers of a church, but our lives ought to be a ministry. Why? We are going to be able to reach people that our pastors will never be able to reach. We all ought to be ministers of God.

However, we are more than just a subordinate slave. We are stewards. A steward is someone who has been set over a household as a representative of his master. We have been given responsibilities as representatives of God! Although we are “under-rowers,” we are also set to guide and to run the household of God. It is an honorable position!

Each of us has been given a unique position as a minister of God. A position that is subordinate but also honorable. How are we using our positions for God?

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.