This week, Highland celebrated the ordination of two new Deacons, and in his message, Kyle reminded us that being a Deacon -- or being a Christian -- isn't about position or power, but about service.
What is a deacon?
A deacon is someone who serves. The primary purpose of a deacon isn't to have a title or to be placed on a spiritual pedestal. The word deacon comes from a Greek word that means "servant," so that is the primary responsibility of someone ordained for that role. Deacons are leaders, but they are "servant-leaders" -- those whose primary goal is helping others, not themselves.
What does it take to be a deacon?
Being a deacon isn't so much about qualifications as it is about character. Deacons are to be dignified, self-controlled, not greedy, faithful to their spouse, and loving toward their family. Being a deacon is more about who you are than what you do.
Deacons are examples of how all Christians should live.
That list of character traits above should look familiar as traits that all Christians should have in their own lives. Deacons aren't somehow set above other Christians; instead, they are set apart as examples to the whole body. But their being set apart doesn't excuse other Christians from living dignified, self-controlled, generous, faithful, and loving lives. We are all called to servant leadership in the example of Christ. What it boils down to is this: "deacon" isn't just a title to own; it's a charge to keep.
Questions to Consider:
What qualities of a deacon need addressing in my own life?
When I lead others, do I do so from a place of pride or of humble service?
Am I taking seriously the responsibility to display godly character and humble service?