In Mark 10:43 Jesus said: “But it is not so among you.” He spoke these words to His disciples in response to James & John’s ambitious request to be seated at His left and right in His kingdom — and the indignation of the other 10 at the pair’s request. He told them all that things were different in His kingdom than they are in the world. His leaders would be servants. As for worldly-type ambitions, He said to them: “It is not so among you.”
Although this was spoken in response to a specific scenario, this concept is at the heart of a multitude of issues that we face as Christians. This world order will do things one way, but we are not to be like the world: “It is not so among you.”
Unfortunately, if the truth be known, most of us in the church have not really appropriated this principle. We generally just import the world’s standards into the church wholesale. We adopt the best business expertise of the world, the world’s management principles, financial strategies, personnel policies, the world’s planning and strategy and advertisement and purpose statements, the world’s attitudes, the world’s goals … the list could go on and on.
— We place people from businesses’ personnel departments on our church personnel committees, and forget that the church is not a business!
— we put bankers on our finance committees and forget that the church is not a bank, and is not to be run like one – “it is not so among you.”
— we treat our pastors like CEO’s, and forget that Jesus said they are to be servant leaders, who lead by example, not demand. This was the original context of this saying: “It is not so among you.”
— we make the goals of our churches the building of buildings and achieving worldly standards of “success”, forgetting that our goals are different than what a worldly organization’s are; our success is not measured by glass and stone and impressive buildings, but by the hearts of our people, and our obedience to God!
I am afraid that we have totally missed Jesus’ point when He said, “My kingdom is not of this world” and “IT IS NOT SO AMONG YOU”! Those of us in the church need to stop saying, “This is how it is done in the world.” How far off track we have gotten! We are not to pride ourselves on how like the world we have become; we are supposed to be different! “It is not so among you”!