Last week, I shared a blog on working for the Lord and how working for man is meaningless. This week I want to tackle a more in-depth look at servitude. As children of God, I wanted to point out that we are not called to be slaves to man if it means contradicting our faith in God. That doesn’t mean we should not obey man. We are still called to submit to authority as Paul states in Romans 13:1-7. In the first couple of verses, it says, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves” (NIV). In addition, even though we live in the world, we should not pursue the things that the world pursues (2 Corinthians 10:3).
Submission to authority is respect and obedience, not complaining or disobeying. Why is it that man easily complains about work and money? I have noticed here in Korea among my Western friends just how much we habitually rant about our workplace. I am guilty of this as well. Even before I came to Korea, my father advised me to watch what I say. He mentioned that we as humans have no right to complain. And when I compare my life to that of my father and mother’s…he is right. I have everything I need. Just because I get frustrated with my workplace over things like last-minute details or communication, that doesn’t give me the right to act like a little child about it. God still wants me to submit, but not only submit…serve. That means, I must do my job because it was God who provided me with that job in the first place.
In addition, teenagers struggle with authority as much as adults do. I remember when my brothers, my sister, and I were entering our teens, our household was often filled with loud arguments. My sister was never that bad, but my brothers and I would easily argue with our parents. If I didn’t want to do the dishes even though my parents asked, I refused to do them. Me refusing was me disobeying God’s command of honoring my parents as stated in Exodus 20:12. Or in some of my classes, there are some of my middle school students who get so easily irritated when I ask them to put their phones away during class. There is one class in particular who does not obey me in that aspect and so I have struggled with controlling them since. Why they don’t listen to me, I don’t understand. Even on TV, teenagers tend to question laws and commands almost immediately with responses like that’s not fair or you can’t make me do that.
Yet, some outstanding examples of servitude have come from young adults. Picture Daniel in the Bible, as a young man taken to serve King Nebuchadnezzar. Now Daniel, a young man filled with knowledge and most importantly, faith to God, served the King respectfully and diligently. In the palace, Daniel did not indulge himself with the wine and food that was given but instead opted for a healthier diet. Daniel did not disobey by not taking the food given to him. He glorified God in wisely choosing healthier food to take care of his body. And you know what? There was a difference in the men who ate the food given to them and the men who ate vegetables and drank water. “At the end of the ten days [the men who ate vegetables and drank water] looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food” Daniel 1:15 (NIV).
Now, I cannot go into detail of what servitude looks like. I can only give examples. God calls us to serve in different ways. But there is one more example I want to share, and it is my most favorite example. When I was in college, my family and I witnessed a man with a speech impediment wash the feet of our pastor. The man with the speech impediment had given an amazing sermon beforehand, and we were suddenly blown away to see him humble himself before the whole congregation to wash another man’s feet. I have never seen anything like that in my life, and the Holy Spirit touched me deeply. Just this week, my eighteen-year-old brother preached a sermon at his youth group on wisdom and servitude. He talked about the man mentioned above and how that experience also touched him. And what my brother did next was something I would never have expected to see from him: in front of a congregation of young people and even some adults, he got down to his knees with a bowl of water and a towel and washed the feet of one of the youth group leaders in the church.
“…so [Jesus] got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with a towel that was wrapped around him” ~ John 13:4-5 (NIV)
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