Day 171 – A New Priority
On: April 20, 2015 | By: admin
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“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak.
After a few days looking inwardly – what we set our hearts on and worry about – Jesus moves us on to look, not just outwards, but forward. Today, we are urged to be ready for the return of the Master; tomorrow, we are warned of the consequence of not being ready; the day after, what happens if we ignore Him?
There’s an immediate conflict. Modern men and women aspire to be in control, masters and mistresses of their worlds, with “Me” at the centre. Jesus’ story points towards us being servants, called to wait on the needs of a different master.
Then there’s a twist: we find that, if the servants carry out their work well, they are invited in to join the master for dinner – and he will serve them. This is astonishing. But, switching to real life, it presents a major challenge. Will I submit to Jesus – for it is He who is the Master in this tale – by prioritising and living out the principles of His Kingdom – putting others before myself and Him first? If I do, I will be living in a different realm, one where service is the highest calling, but I will find myself part of a royal household. This becomes a new priority. They and He before Me. I am no longer the boss.
And there is an urgency. We don’t know when Jesus will return to wrap up history. But, at that point, the die will be cast. There will be no “mañana, mañana”. Today is the day to choose. Tomorrow may find us having to explain why we stuck with our old, Me-focussed, priorities. Remember day 125: “Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” Luke 9:24
Father God, I need new glasses to see that the world’s priorities are the wrong way round. Give me clarity to realise that to be a servant is to follow the Way of Jesus. And courage to live accordingly. Amen.