“When they came to Jerusalem they were welcomed by the church and the Apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything God had done through them” – Acts 15:4 (NIV).
Fresh from his missionary journey Apostle Paul went up to the leaders of the church to report himself and give an accountability of his mission’s work. Much as it is very clear from scripture that his was a special assignment, a ministry from God to the Gentiles, the Apostle Paul clearly did not hold himself above human authority. He had elders he reported to.
Having this attitude of being accountable is quite important today. Occasionally you come across those in ministry who assert that because they were called by God they report to nobody! Some have become untouchable even when clearly in error and are quick to claim “do not touch God’s anointed.” The conduct of their personal lives which at times involves indiscretions is not open to any scrutiny.
Well, this attitude appears to contradict the humility of Apostle Paul and should be a concern to us all! When we report to those God has put above us it does not mean that we are denying His authority. Through those elders God does minister and guide us. It is certainly a good Biblical practice, worthy still emulating as back then.
Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray that for the tasks you have called me I may never hesitate to be accountable to those you have placed above me!