The Berean Expositor
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relationship between one servant of the Lord and another. Paul was an "under-rower",
and gladly accepted the office:--
"I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness"
(Acts 26: 16).
The lowest office is mentioned first. He could only be a witness, and an apostle, as he
recognized the Lordship of Christ.
John Mark was given to Saul and Barnabas as their "under-rower". But he failed, and
left them when the course was set for Pamphylia (Acts 13: 5, 13; 15: 38). It is
extremely difficult to find those engaged in Christian service who are willing to occupy
this lowly place of "under-rower". Yet unless one is recognized as director and leader
and another as subordinate and a helper, how can the work go forward?
When we remember that Paul himself so gladly took this lowly place, both at his
commission (Acts 26: 16) as we have seen, and in his own voluntary submission--
"These hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me"
(Acts 20: 34) we cannot but feel it a privilege to be entrusted with the same
"under-rower's" place.
It was the glory of the Son of God that He was like a man "under authority"
(Luke 7: 8), and the servant is not greater than his Lord. We bless the Lord for the
ministry of humble hands and hearts, known by few on earth but treasured in heaven.
Surely the believer whose doctrine includes the words, "Not I, but Christ", can be given
no office, however lowly, that cannot be accepted gratefully as a means of glorifying the
Lord and of following in His steps.