LESSONS FROM THE QUEEN OF SHEBA (Continued)
Scripture Reading I Kings 10:4-5 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he had built, and the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her.
The attendance of his ministers carries a very significant spiritual meaning for all but especially those using the title of "minister." First of all, the word attendance at its root means to stand upright, remain standing, rise, be erect, or be upright. These are not terms to be taken lightly in view of the effect ministers have on believers. Christ Jesus has wrought an eternal work in righteousness and all those ministering to His people must flow from that Stance. The movement should always be rising upward into His Fullness. Attendance further speaks to a designated place as a member in particular of Christ’s Body. Christ is able to keep us from falling yet many "ministers" continue to give occasion to the flesh. We are without excuse because the ability is of God and not us.
Ministers serve. They minister unto and wait upon others. How backwards this office has become in carnal church settings today! Today, many ministers seek greatness at the expense of others. Upon arrival at Capernaum one day, Jesus confronted His disciples as to why they had been disputing among themselves on the way. Of course Jesus knew the dispute was about who should be the greatest, and their silence at His confrontation presented a teaching moment. Jesus did not rebuke them but astonished their carnal minds by saying, "If any man desire to be first, [the same] shall be last of all, and servant of all. _ Mark 9:35." Internal and external disputes are also prevalent today often distracting from true ministry and resulting in works of jealousy versus works of righteousness. Remember, like the Queen of Sheba, someone is looking for the wisdom of God and His house.
What about their apparel impressed the queen? After all, could not a queen have any type of apparel she desired not to mention the finest quality and style available? Their apparel was different. Remaining in spiritual thought, apparel simply means a garment as something that must be put on. Their apparel represents their anointing for their office. All ministers please listen very carefully. There is nothing wrong with the wearing of vestments in itself, but the wearing of special external garments does not mean the minister is anointed by God. "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof]. _ Romans 13:14."