Weather report from heaven: Sunny and bright with an abundance of light, and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture- “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master.”- Matthew 10:24
Insight: As we continue our series on Understanding The Times, today let’s consider in more detail the great hope we have as Christians because of the sufficiency, strength and power of Jesus Christ and the eternal nature of God’s Kingdom. Today’s verse focuses on the positioning we are to have as followers of Christ. We are to be humble servants. But so many times I try to play a different role, a role of an advisor to Jesus. How silly is that? Like He really needs my help. I am just a flawed man with very limited perspective, and He is an all-knowing, all-powerful God.
Therefore, the question we must constantly ask ourselves is this: Are we submitting to God or are we trying to advise God? It can happen quite subtly, like this: God, don’t you see what’s happening in the world? God why aren’t you fixing this problem I have? God, where are you? God, don’t you care? I am sure we have all felt this way before, perhaps many, many times. But the truth is God is in complete control of this Universe and we are not. When we get that fact straight, then it is much easier to assume our rightful posture as a servant to God rather than an advisor. That looks a whole lot different. It may go something like this: Yes Lord, now what’s the question? Or whatever you need me to do Lord, I am willing to do it because You paid my sin tab in full when Jesus died on the Cross for me. See the huge difference? One is a position of prideful arrogance, questioning and even doubting God’s goodness and ability, while the other is a position of humble submission to God’s sovereignty and authority. Which posture do you think God blesses more in the long run? Although the word’s servant and submission are very unpopular words in today’s me-centric society, they are important words in God’s Kingdom as followers of Jesus. He is worthy of our respect and our servanthood. After all, His Kingdom is an eternal one and He will reign forever according to Revelation 11:15 “The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” We are truly blessed to be servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. May our lives reflect that high position.
Prayer: Jesus, we are your servants and You are our Master, and this is a very good thing indeed. Help us to never forget this high calling, and to lay down any pride when we dare think we instead are your advisor instead of you humble servants. Amen!