3 John 1:9
“I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.”
One of the greatest things that will destroy the work of the LORD is when a believer is concerned with always getting the credit for what they do. According to the Scriptures, only one person is to receive the preeminence. Colossians 1:18 says, “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” The one who is to receive the preeminence is Jesus Christ. The reason that Diotrephes was pointed out in this verse was because he wanted the preeminence. Preeminence seekers all have the same characteristics, and this book shows the characteristics of preeminence seekers. Let me share these characteristics with you.
First, preeminence seekers thrive on receiving the glory. You will find that a preeminence seeker makes everything about themselves. A preeminence seeker pastor will make everything in the church about himself. A preeminence seeker believer will make everything in their ministry about themselves. A preeminence seeker believer is one who always wants the glory for everything.
Second, preeminence seekers talk bad about others who they consider a threat to their glory. Verse 10 says about Diotrephes, “…prating against us with malicious words…” Beware of those who characterize others as inferior so that you will always come to them. This type of a person is a preeminence seeker.
Third, preeminence seekers are never content with the credit they receive. The reason they are not content is because they want all the credit, and don’t want anyone else to get credit for anything.
Fourth, preeminence seekers will keep others whom they feel a threat to their glory and power away from any position that could cause them to lose recognition. The sad part about preeminence seekers is that they hurt the work of God because of their desire to always receive the glory.
My friend, you must beware of the sin of being a preeminence seeker. Let me remind you that pride is the only reason a person would become a preeminence seeker. You cannot allow pride to creep into your heart. When jealousy raises its ugly head because others get the credit, it is time for you to get your pride settled with the LORD.
Moreover, a preeminence seeker is only showing their insecurity. Preeminence seekers always try to portray themselves as confident individuals, but that fact that they need preeminence reveals their insecurity. The only reason you would be insecure in Christ is because you are not doing what you know you should be doing. When a person does what they are supposed to do, the Holy Spirit will give them the commendation they need in their spirit; thus, they will be glad when others receive credit for a job well done.
My friend, do you find yourself becoming jealous when others get credit and you don’t? Do you find yourself talking bad about others who seem to get more credit than you? Let me warn you of becoming a preeminence seeker. The easiest way to keep from becoming a preeminence seeker is not to expect credit for anything, and anything you do receive credit for becomes a bonus from God.