Saturday, March 10
"If anyone serves me, he must follow me. Where I am, there my servant also will be. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him."
This verse can be one of those that, if you have been part of the family of God for a while, you might say, “Of course, part of being a Christ-follower is to, you know, follow Him.” Too many times the idea of “following Him” is equated with being a “good Christian.” If we do the right things and avoid the bad things in life, then we will say we are following Him. While our conduct and choices are part of living our life in service, I don’t think this was the intent of Jesus’ words.
Jesus is telling the gathered people that in order to be servant to Him, you have to be where He is. A servant does not control GPS, the master does. Many people who say they serve Christ are making that statement while standing in their little controllable area, while Jesus is moving along, changing lives and hearts. A huge reboot in our lives would be removing the “driver’s ed wheel and brake” from your relationship with God. If you truly want to be His servant, you have to give up control of where you are going and what you will do. Can we allow ourselves to really release the parking brake, and just see where God leads us?
This release could come with scary places and responsibilities. Allowing God to be the true master in your life means that you might lose the things that give you status and security in the world. You might have to talk to people with whom you would not normally talk, live near people you would not normally live by, or maybe do something for which you don’t feel qualified. It can be legitimately scary, except for the best part, we are just the servant! The master does not go to places He is surprised or not prepared to enter. If we trust His ways, then we will be right where we are supposed to be. Even better, the verse ends with a promise, that service to Jesus will be honored by the Father. Anyone else think an honor given by the Creator of the Universe might be better than a bonus and an Olive Garden gift card from a job? Let’s serve God so closely that we are covered in the dust of His feet, and see the incredible places He leads.
May I be a servant who is worthy of being close to You. May I be bold enough to go where You are, do what You tell me to do, and move on when You move on. You are my Master. You know the way and give the orders.
- Pastor Dave