Sunday, January 8th, 2017
Do-Gooders (Part 54)
Submit to Christ
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 11:28-29 (NKJV)
Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10 (NASB)
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty Hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.
1 Peter 5:6 (NASB)
Most working adults know the difference between gentle and evil employers. The former is fair and values his team. The latter is harsh and calls them worthless. The former is a helpful example. The latter is a ruthless task master. Because everybody serves somebody.*
'You are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness' (Romans 6:16).
'For by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved' 2 Peter 2:19).
Slavery's king sparkles in the spotlight with a grand smile and a well-fitted suit. Underneath, he's a liar holding chains. He lures people to work with golden hooks. Some are well-paid. Many more are half-starved, but all were yoked by a devilish scheme.
Jesus is the gentle and humble Boss. He hires, gifts and mentors every worker. He makes sure their jobs are nicely finished. Once done, He rewards His staff lavishly.
But preceding this gainful employment are two action steps the bad boss omits:
1) Christ offers full disclosure of the job. Working conditions, expectations and examples are detailed in the Bible.
2) Christ requires a full, heartfelt commitment. His workers are treated like family, but they must submit to His leadership.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Submission is a hard position. It requires masterful self-control and remarkable humility. If these postures are a stretch for you (because pride preaches the opposite), remember your Boss stretched on the Cross. He's done the Lion's share of your work. All you need to do is follow Him.
'Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you' (James 4:7).
To Be Continued...
* Much of the literary world was shocked at the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Bob Dylan, but consider his lyrics to the song, Gotta Serve Somebody: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bobdylan/gottaservesomebody.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.