A servant to man and a Servant of God
My day starts at 5:30 in the morning. One high school child has to catch the bus at 6:15. Breakfast is a bowl of cereal with milk, and that’s it. You just have to be there. Drive him to the school bus stop; actually their mother wanted them to walk in this spring and summer seasons. To exercise those legs, she said. Not that they don’t have, they are into different sports. The eldest is into the running sports.
Another child has to catch his bus at 7:15. The same thing, a bowl of cereals with milk. This one is into different sports; baseball, basketball, etc.
And the youngest, the only girl is pick up right down our drive way at 7:45, after a bowl of cereal and milk. This one is into soccer and softball not to mention the drum lesson every Friday after school with the eldest who is into guitar lesson.
And my morning duty with the kids is done. Left alone to tend to the household and myself. Wait for their return in the afternoon, drop them to their sports fields, sometimes I pick them up, sometimes it is the Mom, give them dinner, dinner is very simple, remind them of their homework and to take their tub, and my day is done.
In the bible, there is a special kind of servant. He is someone who follows his Master where ever He goes. He does all the things the Master wants him to do. And in the end the servant becomes the friend of the Master.
John 15:14-15 (King James Version)
14Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Of all the servants of Jesus Christ, The Apostle Paul is the one I like best.
It is one of the wonderful ironies of the New Testament, that the early Church’s greatest Evangelist started out as its greatest enemy.
This is the story of Saul -renamed Paul in the early Church days as a persecutor of the Church but met Jesus Christ on the way to Damascus. The Persecutor turned Defender of the Church in the Bible.
Acts 9:1-19 (King James Version)
1And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
7And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
9And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
10And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
11And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
13Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
14And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
15But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
16For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.
17And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
18And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
19And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
But God has seen in Paul the goodness that was in him. Paul was predestined to be an Apostle to Jesus Christ while still in his mother’s womb.
Galatians 1:15 (King James Version)
15But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,
In fact it was Paul who has seen the glimpse of what is heaven to come.
2 Corinthians 12:1-4 (King James Version)
1It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
3And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
4How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
Towards the end, Paul was faithful to his Faith.
2 Timothy 4:6-8 (King James Version)
6For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
And so, inspired by the life of Paul while he was alive, I aspire to become a servant of God.
A servant to man and most of all a Servant to God.
I will never be like Paul. At the very least, a servant in the least category, is all I ask for.
And through God’s goodness I become a servant to God and hope to keep the Faith, and follow His commandments, it is likely that I will be a friend of God too.
And before I close my eyes in the night, I pray to God: “after doing the things expected of me, the unprofitable servant I remain”.
Thanks be to God.
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