Servants’ Prerogative

Joshua 24:18

We also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.

1 Corinthians 4:1

Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries.

Remnant of St. John

Eugene Allen was a butler who served every president from Truman to Reagan and whose life was the basis for the film The Butler. Certainly he had some stories to tell. He experienced the arrival of Mrs. Kennedy after  President John Kennedy was assassinated and was given a tie owned by the former president. He and his wife enjoyed a glass of champagne at a state dinner having been invited by President and Mrs. Reagan. Servants know much about the comings and goings of those they serve. They become trusted confidants over time. They likely know more personal secrets than the sharpest investigative reporters ever will.

Would that also be true of servants of the most high God? Over time would those who serve God and the cause of his kingdom begin to have a sense of what their master is up to and what would please him? And when a lowly servant of the King conveys his master’s wishes faithfully would not those who hear the message do well to heed them?

When I offer the absolution on a Sunday morning, or in a one-on-one conversation, I make it a point to emphasize that I grant forgiveness in the name of” the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I speak for God. That is no small thing. Even though I do that as a Called servant of Christ, I am not the only one who may serve him, or even speak for him. For Christ died so that all who believe in him may live under him in his kingdom and serve him in righteousness (Luther’s Small Catechism, The Creed, 2nd Article).

How well do you know your master? How faithfully do you speak for him? Is it time to reclaim your calling and the honor it carries to be his servant? It is a great privilege and worthy calling.

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