Are you in complete service to God as Kanye West now describes himself? If Jesus is King we should surely be his obedient subjects.
Or do you effectively see God as your servant to meet your needs? Sometimes a new Christian cuts right through the Christian jargon, and our over familiarity with the truth. When was the last time you heard a believer talk about serving Jesus? About obeying him?
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Many of us go to church, give our money, pray, and we do all this in the hope that God will look out for us, that he will provide for us, that he will give us all that we need, that he will effectively serve us. It is as though we have struck a “deal” with the Almighty. We do our bit, and in return God blesses us. We expect him to prosper us, to give us a good job and to keep us healthy. Many of us expect this if we are honest, even if we would disagree in theory with the prosperity gospel. The same question could be asked about us that Satan asked God about Job:
“Would Job worship you if he got nothing out of it?” (Job 1:9, Good News Translation)
Put your name in that sentence. Would YOU worship God if you got nothing out of it? Do you serve him or do you expect him to serve you?
When suffering hits, when things that we have been relying on God to give us are taken away, then sometimes we can feel angry at God. It is as if the slot machine has broken down, as if our servant has failed to provide for us as we expected him to.
Perhaps whether we serve God or are expecting him to serve us is most revealed in our prayer lives. That is assuming that we even pray at all. Is our prayer simply a list of tasks we are asking him to do for us? Are we praying for him to bless all our plans and endeavours? Is our prayer essentially worrying out loud?
Or do our prayers sound more like a servant coming to their Master. Do we worship him, are we grateful to him? Do we come humbly, seeking to find out what it is that our Master would have us do today? And then, yes, asking him to bless us as we go forth into the World to do HIS will.
To serve Jesus means to obey him.
But to obey him is not to be a legalist. It is a lifestyle. It comes out of love. And it is not a heavy burden. His commands are not what we were expecting from a religious figure.
His invitation is to lay aside all earthly masters and the burdens they put on us, taking instead his yoke. And in serving him we find true freedom from slavery to the World and all its desires.
“Come to me, all 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
The amazing truth is that Jesus is a King who serves. Who laid his life down for us. But since he gave us his all, he does ask for our all in return.
Jesus is King but his commands are not burdensome, although they do demand everything.
So Kanye hit the nail on the head, and his bold statement should be turned into a question we all ask ourselves no longer how long we have been a Christian:
Am I in complete service to Jesus?
Coming soon (God willing) the rest of the series “Jesus Commands”
Jesus said that if you obey him your life will be established on a firm foundation when the storms come.
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