2021_09_15 Insight Post- Rusty Coram
This week's reading- Luke 17-18
Reading through Luke chapters 17 and 18, there are many things I could write about this week. I was considering focusing on the parable about the persistent widow and the unjust judge. I love that one because Jesus uses fascinating extremes to make His point that God (who is nothing like the uncaring judge) is eager to hear us and meet our needs. Instead, I ended up being more drawn to this:
“When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, does his master say, ‘Come in and eat with me’? 8 No, he says, ‘Prepare my meal, put on your apron, and serve me while I eat. Then you can eat later.’ 9 And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not. 10 In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.’ ”
Luke 17:7–10 (NLT)
This is a passage, that doesn’t get the attention it should, because it clearly states our role in relating to God – He is the leader and we are the followers. It is that simple. Our problem is that we hate the idea of being told to obey. Most of us view “obey” as an offensive, four-letter word that we try to avoid at all costs. We prefer that God make suggestions, offer us input or ideas, but not commands to obey. We want to be in control and do whatever we think best. If it lines up with what God says in the Bible, fine, but if not, we want to do whatever we feel like doing. However, obedience is the hallmark of a genuine follower. Let’s read that again... obedience is the hallmark of a true and genuine follower. The reason Jesus came was because, “All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own.” Isaiah 53:6 (NLT) We all need to be under new management, and that means following God’s lead. He speaks and we obey. It really is that simple and leads us to not only real freedom and joy, but another four-letter word: HOPE. Anything else and we are back to where we started.