weekly theme #51 Servants Of God*
week containing the Sunday between October 16-22
The extremes of being a disciple of Jesus are striking to me. God entrusts his disciple with incredible power for doing good: healings, raising the dead, and proclaiming the Good News. The opposite side of the coin is that the disciple is totally dependent upon God and people to meet the disciple’s daily needs. (Matthew 10) This irony is probably necessary so the disciple is neither proud nor discouraged, for being a servant of Christ is more than serving. It is also an attitude of humility in both sacrifice and accomplishment. Those I serve ought to have a servant who is loving, joyful, humble and earnestly seeking to live each day in a way that is pleasing to the Master and helpful to those served. I want to be that kind of servant, but most days that goal seems far away.
I’m nearly sixty, and I still don’t live as a servant of Christ. A servant is consumed with the desires of the Master. The Master’s command should trump what I want, have planned, or even need, but I find myself clinging to my plans, ideas, and loves. These personal things clamor for so much attention that I can’t even sense my Master’s efforts to communicate. Before I was born, he knew that I would serve him, but he also knew that many times I would serve him poorly, or refuse to serve him. Even with that foreknowledge, he loved me, and continues to love me. His steadfast love is the steady light in the darkness. My prayer is, “Master, save me from my lukewarm, diluted service.”
I am only able to do the Master’s work because I depend upon the Master for guidance, opportunity, power, persistence…everything. Including the results.
Note: I’m not sure how this relates to this week’s theme, but in one of the readings, Paul’s ideas at the end of 2 Timothy 2, convicted me. I must avoid arguments that yield only division. Respectfully and effectively, I must be able to explain truth, and I need to be patient with those who disagree. Sometimes he uses my words, actions, or attitudes to impact a person. Sometimes he doesn’t.
*A Guide To Prayer by Job and Shawchuck provided the scripture references and readings that inspired these reflections. I found this devotional to be the most heart changing of any I’ve used. It truly lives up to its title.