Have you been served?
Today's guest blogger, Ben, works in tech support for goTandem. Enjoy!
Have you ever seen a servant's battle? I see it a lot at church. The battle often happens at the entrance when two people arrive at the door at the same time. One person lunges forward to grab the handle and opens the door. But the other person stops and says, "no please, you first." The first person won't hear of it though, "I insist, you first." And back and forth it goes. Both persons are so intent on being a servant, they won't allow themselves to be served.
This may be part of the reason behind Jesus' instructions to His disciples as He sends them out to preach and to heal in today's verses. "Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics" (Luke 9:3). The implication is that the disciples would need to be dependent on others--and by extension, God--for their provisions. Jesus sends out the Twelve to perform a service for others, but at the same time He puts them in the position of having to rely on the service of others.
There is nothing wrong, and everything right with being a "servant of all" (Mark 9:35). But sometimes being a servant means allowing someone else to serve you. The example above of servants at the door is a bit silly; few of us need a door to be opened for us. But all of us will need something at some time in our lives--at many times in our lives. When that time comes, will you allow someone else--and by extension God--to meet your needs by serving you?
How has God used friends, or even strangers, to meet your needs? How might God be calling you to meet the needs of others?
Extra Credit: Can you remember a time when one of the disciples objected to being served by Jesus? What was Jesus' response?
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