Who Would You Hire? (1 Corinthians 14:12)

Facebook’s co-founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has one rule for hiring. “I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person.”

Clearly this philosophy has benefitted his company. It is sign of humility, a willingness to hire someone who may actually compete with or supplant his own position. But Mark is able to put his ego aside to do what is best for his company. If his employees succeed, they all succeed.

I have attended many churches replete with gifted teachers and pastors. When the church is in harmony with God, it is a magnificent symphony of the Holy Spirit working through that body of believers. But when personality conflicts, egos, and selfish ambitions intervene, only disaster can result. And God is dishonored.

Like Mark Zuckerberg, the senior pastor in a church must be willing to surround himself with gifted individuals, who may even be more gifted than himself in certain areas of ministry. The church cannot be a breeding ground for pride and selfish ambition. The only ambition of every church member should be to build the Body of Christ through the utilization of their unique talents as bestowed upon them by the Holy Spirit.

So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.
1 Corinthians 14:12

The Corinthian church was also beset by competing egos that escalated into frank immoralities. The Apostle Paul called for unity within the Church by asking each believer to use their unique spiritual gifts for the Church and not for their glory or self interests. It is a sobering message and one that every church needs to be mindful. Egos and ambition have no place in the Body of Christ.

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.