He has brought you near, and all your fellow Levites who are with you, but you are seeking the priesthood as well. – Numbers 16:10
Have you ever heard of someone having a “Messiah complex?” I’m no psychiatrist (though some may claim I have “issues”), but generally it means that a person struggles with the need to be the “savior” in every situation they face. As Christ-followers, we know that only one Person is capable of bearing such a burden and His name is Jesus.
The story of Korah indicates a different struggle faced by many spiritual leaders. I would call it a “high-priestly complex.” Korah, a Levite, believed that he possessed the same authority as Aaron (the high-priest) among the people of Israel. This belief took his life and the lives of 249 who were following (or connected to his rebellion). Like Korah, a spiritual leader may not struggle with the need to save the world, but he may begin to think that he alone speaks for God before the world … that even though all are “priests” in Christ before the Father, his word and his ideas carry more weight than any other.
The only authoritative voice before the Father is Christ’s and while we may all be priests in the biblical sense, Christ is greater and higher. A leader must not be guilty of elevating his voice above the voice of our true High-Priest. We may certainly speak for Christ, we must be very careful to never speak AS Christ.
Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation. – Augustine
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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