St Stephen's Parish
Thus says the Lord of hosts to Shebna, the master of the palace
I dismiss you from your office, I remove you from your post, and the same day I call on my servant Eliakim son of Hilkiah. I invest him with your robe, gird him with your sash, entrust him with your authority; and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the House of Judah. I place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; should he open, no one shall close, should he close, no one shall open. I drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will become a throne of glory for his father's house.
Authority and power in the community of Christ should be based on humility. Humility is the fruit of giving up all pretensions to success or searching for happiness arising from the things of this world. Humility is the giving up of all pretensions to success or searching for happiness arising from the things of the Spirit. Humility is found when a person seeks only the will of God, for the will of God is to be found in service of others – as Christ showed us. Then too, we understand that Christian authority and power is not the ability to manage, but the ability to inspire.