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Thoughts on Submitting to One Another

July 17th, 2010

The previous quote by John Robert Stevens proves to me what a great leader he was. I love it when he says: “A ministry of authority … finds himself becoming submissive to everyone to whom he has given a Word from God.”

It’s one thing to give a Word from God to someone about who they are, and it’s quite another to submit to that Word. What strikes me here is the integrity that John had. If he was going to speak a Word over someone’s life, he believed it enough to submit to it!

I’ve read quite a bit on the topic of leadership recently—especially regarding pastors—and one of the biggest principles of leadership is to lead the strengths of those around you.

Poor leaders try to do everything themselves, and are insecure around other people’s strengths to the point where they suppress those strengths.

Good leaders allow room for each gift to function to create a result that is bigger than the sum of the parts. Talking to many who knew him, this was how John functioned.

As a pastor of one of the churches founded by John Robert Stevens, I am committed to this same attitude. When I see one of my elders or congregants through the Lord’s eyes, I determine to submit to who they are in God—even if they, themselves, are unaware of it!

But this isn’t just the attitude that pastors and leaders must have. Ephesians 5:21 says that we are all to submit to one another in Christ. This means that we should actively seek out a revelation from God about one another, and in submitting to that, we create each other into the complete vision God has for each one. This is the practical way in which the Body of Christ is built up in love! (Ephesians 4:16)


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