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John the Baptist Leadership

Posted on November 23, 2007 by Alexander

John the Baptist was called by Jesus the greatest of all prophets (Matt. 11:11). John was the last of the Old Testament prophets, and in the same statement about John by Jesus, he said, “notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” (KJV).

John made the famous statement about his relationship with Jesus,

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30 KJV)

It occurred to me while meditating on the church that this is the attitude for all leaders in the ministry. In truth, I have heard many from the pulpit make this statement. Yet when I look at the landscape of professional ministry, the opposite is seen. There are a multitude of people who are building their own kingdoms, in the name of the Lord.

When one considers the apostles, this John the Baptist attitude is evident. When Paul established a congregation, he did not permanently stay and rule the roost. Instead he worked with raising elders from the group and then he would leave to establish another congregation.

Ask any believer, what happened to the 12 apostles, except perhaps for Peter and John, and you get a blank look. Most people don’t know what happened to them. Why, because they disappear from the pages of Holy Writ. Early church documents tell us what happened to them, and many incredible things can be read of them from those documents. But they are not in the Bible, because the Word of God is all about the exaltation of Jesus Christ, not individuals in the church.

The book of Revelation says that the foundation of the wall are the 12 apostles (Rev. 21:14). Not the pinnacle, but the bottom. He must increase and we must decrease. This is the true ministry of the Lord. In eternity to come, I will be surprised if any famous leaders of the church are exalted. The great in the kingdom will all be unknowns who quietly obeyed the Lord and served selflessly. The clergy system runs opposite to this paradigm. This is the true organic leadership in Christ.

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