Devotion – May 19, 2015 – Authority to Serve

isaiah10_1-2bWoe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people.
—Isaiah 10:1-2

We tend to look up to those with wealth, fame, and power.  We figure they are the ones who are blessed because they have what so many desire.  Yet, in God we see something different.  After an encounter with a young rich man, Jesus told His disciples that it is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God (Mark 10:17-31).  It’s not that having money is evil, it’s just that we tend to put money above God.  That young rich man wasn’t willing to give up his wealth for eternal life!

Similarly, when the disciples were arguing over who would be the greatest among themselves in the Kingdom of God, Jesus told them that if they want to be great, they must become the least (Matthew 20:20-28).  Even Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords, came to serve and offer himself as a ransom for many, not to be served.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with fame, wealth, and power, it’s how we use it.  Do we put it above God or do we use it to serve God?  Jesus had more power than any human ever, yet He served the least, including you and I.  We should do the same.  You and I may never be a president or congressman, but we may be put in positions of authority, perhaps at work, perhaps as parents, perhaps as a coach, etc.  The question is will we use our position of authority justly and serve those we are leading or will we use our position to hurt others and gain for ourselves.  Thankfully, we have a God who is just, who cares for the poor and oppressed, and who died for us sinners.

Dear Jesus,
You are the King of kings and Lord of Lords.  You are the almighty God.  Your glory extends to the heavens.  Who is man that you should be mindful of him?  Yet, you are.  You are holy and just, yet gracious and merciful.  Thank you for caring for the least.  He us to also serve the least and seek justice for the oppressed.

In Jesus name I pray.

Amen.

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