Believer as Servant
W hen Jesus came, it wasn’t as a political ruler who told people what to do. Instead, He humbled Himself and because a servant to all to demonstrate how God had designed people to live. He left all His rights and privileges behind and served those who did not deserve Him. Although He knew that His own would abandon Him, He washed their feet. And then, He allowed his broken, ruined body to die so that those who were so unworthy would have a path to relationship with God.
He was the servant who ate with compromisers and rebels. His companions were uneducated and considered low-class by the religious rulers. He allowed His disciples to eat and drink when the Pharisees thought they should be fasting.
His friends were sinners.
How could the opinion of the self-righteous matter? He had already given up His throne in Heaven. There was nothing they could take from Him, not even His life. He reminded His disciples that no one took His life from Him, that He laid it down by His own volition.
Eating with sinners showed that He valued them highly, as it was the custom to only dine with those of high value.
He didn’t require anything in order to serve; He simply served. He poured Himself out for the people He came to save: the lost, the destitute, the sick and the disreputable.
Levi (Matthew) gave a great banquet for Him at his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others who were reclining at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes [seeing those with whom He was associating] began murmuring in discontent to His disciples, asking, “Why are you eating and drinking with the tax collectors and sinners [including non-observant Jews]?” And Jesus replied to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but [only] those who are sick. I did not come to call the [self-proclaimed] righteous [who see no need to repent], but sinners to repentance [to change their old way of thinking, to turn from sin and to seek God and His righteousness].” Luke 5:29-32 (AMP)
An old hymn perfectly sums up what His requirements for association with Him were:
Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me
And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee
O Lamb of God, I come! I come
He modeled the Great Commission even before He gave it to His followers. He showed them that He loved the unlovable and that while they were still in sin, He gave His life on their behalf. So what should our response be?
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
If you embrace the call of Jesus, then you love your unsaved friends, neighbors, and family members even while they are in sin. You go to them (go into all the world) and don’t present a barricade of your requirements for behavior or belief before you befriend them.
That’s what Jesus did. He demonstrated His love, knowing that His love was all that was necessary for them to believe.
Can unbelievers call you their friend?
How can you serve and share with your unbelieving friends and family in a way that allows Jesus’ light to shine? You should become a one-way-sign pointing straight up by your love.
This week, pray for godly interaction with the lost, whatever their station in life. And petition your Father to have His heart, His eyes, and His hands as you go.