“For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.”
Certain offices or positions deserve to be revered, not because of the person, but because of the office they hold. The Office of the President of the United States is one of those positions that every American should respect. A person may not like the person who holds that office, but they are to be respected because of the office.
Paul made the argument that his office is worthy of magnification, of which I am in total agreement. I’m afraid that we have minimized the preacher’s office, whether it is the office of a pastor, evangelist or missionary. The office a preacher holds should be magnified instead of minimized. There used to be a day when even Hollywood respected the preacher, but sadly today many preachers are looked down upon. There are three distinct reasons the preacher’s office should be magnified.
First, magnifying the office makes you accountable to the office. When you make the office of a preacher a big thing, you are going to realize the privilege to hold that office which encourages you to live a holy life. I believe one of the reasons preachers abuse their power is because they don’t respect the office. When you respect the office of a preacher, you won’t abuse it because you understand the gravity of holding such an office. Moreover, I believe that many preachers hurt the office of a preacher by dressing down to look like the world. My friend, you hold the highest office a man could hold, and you should dress like it is the highest office. The preacher who goes to the pulpit looking like he just walked off the streets is a preacher who has no respect for his office. If he respected it, he would dress with dignity. He wouldn’t be doing video services sitting in his house looking like he just came off the golf course, but he would dress with his best because his office is a representation of God. It is a sad day when political leaders dress with more respect for their office than a preacher does for his. It all comes down to magnifying your office instead of minimizing it.
Second, magnifying your office provokes others to do great works. The word “emulation” means a model worthy of copying. If you treated your office with respect and magnified it, you would work in such a manner to give it respect. In other words, the preacher ought to realize that he serves an all-powerful God Who is capable of doing great works today. Preacher, stop minimizing your office by downplaying big days and start magnifying your office by letting God do great works in your church. It has nothing to do with you, but it all has everything to do with magnifying an office that represents a powerful God Who wants to do great works.
Third, magnifying your office provokes youth to desire it. 1 Timothy 3:1 says, “…If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.” It is interesting that it was the aged Paul writing to a youthful Timothy when he talks about desiring the office. Young men would surrender to preach if preachers stopped making the preacher’s office sound like a seclusive position. If the office is magnified, young men would live holier lives because they desired it. Stop minimizing the preacher’s office and start magnifying it. Preacher, live in such a manner that a young man would desire to be a preacher.