“If I could give you information of my life, it would be to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do His service what He has done in her. And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all, and I nothing. —Florence Nightingale
The end of the first sentence seems like something is missing, but the thought is there.
“Professionalizing the staff depersonalized the care.”
The above quote was said about mental health care in the 20th Century. The same can be said about ministry in the church. There is much that can be said biblically against clergyizing God’s servants. At the same time, in practical terms, when spiritual service becomes a career, the “care” of others, or dedication to the work of God, is redirected to furthering one’s prospects of professional development and monetary gain. It cannot otherwise be so. A whole industry arises to perpetuate the professional class and cater to their needs.
Good comments by Gary Hampton on Rev 1.1-3, among them, these:
This vision was delivered by heavenly messenger to John, who simply identifies himself as the Lord”s slave. Once, he had wanted more for himself (Mark 10:35-40), but now he had seen the Lord submit and serve others (Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 20:20-28) and was following his lead.
I’m blessed to count Gary as a friend.