Recently, while listening to a well-known Pastor in the Body of Christ, I heard Deacons referred to in a way I found to be quite discrediting to all who serve as Deacons. This well-known Pastor referred to Deacons as “Glorified Janitors.” When I first heard this, I could not believe what I was hearing. I then went back a little bit on the video, and the same words, “Glorified Janitor” was stated again! In our work (Yes, I am a Deacon) we are often called upon for many tasks and assignments. One thing we must keep in mind is we are first of all servants of the Lord Jesus Christ! Matthew 16:24 puts it this way:
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
You are not a glorified janitor, you are a called servant as a Deacon!
This post is written with the intention of encouraging those who have been appointed by God to serve those who are in their respective local churches and the Body of Christ as a whole as Deacons. Acts 6:3-“Wherefore brethren look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.” In this scripture, the words “Honest” sticks out. This word, in this context of scripture, outlines one who is not a novice in their walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, but one who is firm, and built up by the words of scripture, not one who is foolish. Proverbs 1:7-“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Deacons are those who are to display the knowledge of the Lord in what they do.
Deacons, although not the only part of our local churches are a vital part of our local churches. As encouragers, defenders of the faith, teachers, and willing workers, Deacons are a picture of personal sacrifice and consistent effort. My father, who is also a Deacon, once said to me that if your work is not hard as a Deacon, you are not doing this work right. In this, he was saying that many times, when operating in your own power and strength, you would like to take the easy road and the road that is broad. As a Deacon, although tempting, you do not take the easy road……instead, you take the straight and narrow way! Matthew 7:13-14 reads:
“Enter ye in the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
We at Kingdom First Consulting know the awesome responsibility that Deacons carry. We are here to aid and assist your church or ministry to effectively train and develop Deacons and potential Deacons in your ministry. Remember, at Kingdom First, we are “Building King-Sized Skills for King-Sized Visions!” To our Deacons in the body of Christ, stay strong, and stay standing! Your labor is not in vain!