Day 187 – Faithful Servant?
On: May 6, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way. Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?” And they had nothing to say. Luke 14:1-6
I wish I had Jesus’s courage! He was unfazed at having dinner with people who not only were opposed to much of what He was doing, but were actively plotting to remove Him. And then, His eyes were fixed on what He needed to be doing (a) to meet need as He encountered it, and (b) to proclaim the transforming power of the Kingdom of God. He knew He would be challenged, but wasn’t deterred. Finally, He took the battle to His opponents by verbally challenging their beliefs and values. They had nothing to say in reply. A very different silence to Jesus’s when, in Jerusalem, He was interrogated by a kangaroo court. He withheld His defence; they had none.
Do I simply accept that I am less robust than Jesus? After all, He was the Son of God. Or is this a cop out, as He relies on me (and you) to do His work today? What did Jesus have to say about it?
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:12-14
Seems to me that the ball is in my court. The needs that Jesus met are just as evident today as in His day. He said He will give us whatever we ask and, in this context, there can be little doubt that He will work closely with us if we offer ourselves to His service.
It comes down to a simple question. Is it my priority in life to be Jesus’ hands and feet in this day? In answering, we might bear in mind the words He expressed in one of his parables: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:23
Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee. Amen.