I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. (3 John 1:9)
There is only one to have the preeminence in the Church and it isn’t you or me, it’s Christ. “He is the head of the body, the Church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”(1) Any time we demand or even desire to be noticed, recognized, or entitled, we are seeking a level of preeminence. If we get offended, hurt feelings, or sense that we are being snubbed, it is most likely because we are thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought to think. It is a good thing to desire to serve. For example, “If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work.”(2) However, if a man desires a position to be noticed, he desires the wrong work. Let us never seek any form of preeminence. Remember, God knows, and He will reward. If we seek the acclaim of heaven, we will not need the accolades of man.