Day 213 – Grey Sky to Glorious Sunshine
On: June 1, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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“Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’ ” Luke 17:7-10
This sounds harsh and ungracious. How does it line up with the Jesus who knelt down to wash the feet of his disciples before the Last Supper? But, Jesus isn’t endorsing the authoritarian approach of the master; He is simply describing the way it would have been. By comparison, His example of servant leadership was revolutionary and quite beautiful.
The point of Jesus’s story is in its application – “So you also, …” Seems to me Jesus is saying we have messed up so badly, compared with God’s plan for humanity, that it is impossible for us, by our own efforts, to gain his favour and be restored to an intimate relationship with Him. We are not worthy.
If we had to leave things there, it would be a pretty miserable prospect. A duty driven stand off with our Maker. But God had another plan; a different Way that would override the historic master/servant relationship. Through Jesus’s death and resurrection, a new offer is available: “Trust in Jesus and you will become my adopted son or daughter, part of my royal family, where unimaginable riches will be yours, as my gift – forever.”
A grey sky, full of dark foreboding, is transformed into glorious sunlight, warming and giving life to all who bathe in it.
Paul, the insightful master of analysis, summarised it through a stark comparison: The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
Father God, I choose your gracious offer of life. Please release me from the grip of voices inside that struggle to achieve Your acceptance by my own efforts, and forgive me for the pride that wants to be self-sufficient. Amen.