Tuesday, September 27, 2016

2 different passages talking about 2 different things

Luke 17

7 "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.'"

This is Jesus talking here, giving a take on servanthood that is probably incompatible with our present concept that being a servant of the Lord is littered with success after success.

I think Jesus poked some holes in that orientation.

For the last 6 years we've lived a life of servanthood without a validation or an authentication of success.

Servanthood is about serving.

Sometimes you spend a terrific amount of time clueless, simply being & doing what God leads you to be & do.

It's tough.

One thing you can bank on – anyone who says, “All I want to be is a servant of the Lord” has never been one!

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Here's an interesting instruction that Paul challenges his adopted son, Timothy, to use in dealing with rich people.

Remember as you read this that most of the world considers us rich in comparison to their living conditions.

1 Timothy 6

17 Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable.

Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.

18 Tell them to use their money to do good.

They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need,

always being ready to share with others.

19 By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.

How does what Paul have to say about what the rich should be & do stack up against what we have come to believe is the acceptable identity of someone who has money?

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