Only A Servant

by Jun 14, 2019Devotional1 comment

Proverbs 14:35 The king’s favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.


      In the poem, Paradise Lost, Milton wrote that Satan said, “Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.”
      All I can say is, “Not so!” There will not be any parties in hell nor good times for the good old boys and their friends. However, there will be a lot of gut-wrenching regrets on an eternal Richter scale of ever growing pain. Mark 9:48 Where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched. 49 For everyone will be salted with fire. Separation from all that was ever known and understood will be the reward of a soul left in hell. Eternally left to one’s own thoughts of what could have been. The torment of that mental anguish is not understandable to our free and present-day mind.

      What Milton said is poetic fiction. The truth is – being a servant in God’s kingdom is freedom and life. King David wrote that a servant of menial ranking was in a better position in God’s service than anything offered in the establishments of the wicked. Psalm 84:10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Of course, menial in the kingdom of God is greater than anything that could be thought of or gloriously imagined in Satan’s realm. The least in the kingdom of God is much greater than the best promotion ever given in the world system.
      No wonder Satan rails against God and man. No matter who we are in Christ, God honors us, and we are fulfilled through His love. We are the apple of God’s eye. The jealousy Satan experiences because of our anointed position in Christ, causes the devil to break out in a tantrum and scream his nonsense of, “Hell is a great place.” What a lose-lose offer Satan has for the gullible. There is nothing the devil can offer mankind that will ever give life or fulfilment. The wages of sin is death regardless if the sin is fun or not. The end game is a hellishness of eternal anguish. Try and reign in an insane asylum and see what you get.
      You may be taunted by the devil that you are only a servant in God’s kingdom. And on top of that, be accused of the sins of your past and therefore, not deserving of God’s love. Psalm 35:21 They open their mouths wide against me and say, “Aha, aha! We saw it! ” Don’t worry, a forgiven servant washed in the blood of Jesus, is greater than the highest ranking and station in hell. As a result of the new covenant that we have through Christ, the lowest servant is blessed in the kingdom of God. Matt. 11:11 Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the least in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he! 
      “Only a servant,” you say! Well, the good news is that we who are in Christ are all servants of the most high God. We do not have to worry about eternal rankings and positions. Luke 22:24 Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them. Jesus said those who serve would be blessed. Luke 22:26 But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. 
      I know this is contrary to the world system of promotion and goal reaching. The enemy of our soul would have us scratching and manipulating our way to success. Satan would have us kill each other for the sake of raising our own kingdoms. God has a better plan. It may seem old-fashioned and unaggressive – but trust the Lord’s integrity for your life. 1 Cor. 1:25 This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.
      Prov. 14:35a The king’s favour is toward a wise servant. I would rather be a servant with God’s favour in the kingdom of heaven than floundering my way through the maze of the world’s uncertainty. God is good, and His thoughts toward us are love, peace, and the joy of our victory through Christ. Let us raise our servant’s heart toward Him and thank the Lord for all He has done for us in our past, present, and for what He will do in our blessed future. Amen!

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    To be a Master you have to be a servant first and foremost!

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sir Norm’s Proverbial Comment

Spiritually Empty

Proverbs 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.              Who are the ones living their spiritual lives on empty? I've noticed that those who break God's laws regularly tend to fall apart when times go bad. They just seem...

Wherever You Go

Proverbs 11:10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.               Michel de Montaigne said, “If you don’t know where you are sailing, no wind is favourable.”       God has given us the...

The Agony Of The Cross

Proverbs 15:4 Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.              I saw a painting depicting the agony of the cross that Jesus was nailed to. This image so pierced my heart, that it caused an emotional pain of sorrow. Not only was the...

Life Moves On

Proverbs 15:24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.       While crawling along the four-lane two-way street, I leaned back in my seat with one hand on the steering wheel as the traffic crept along. The...

What Happened To?

Proverbs 18:19 An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.            After a few years of lockdowns, and half-capacity attendance within the...

I’m Just An Algorithm

Proverbs 31:17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.            Like many of the millions of people who have logged on to the Chat-Openai site over the last few weeks, I have also asked many...

Hug Them Anyway

Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; He guides it wherever He pleases.                  I asked my wife why she had stopped teaching preschool because I knew...

Better Off Not Born

Proverbs 16:4 The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.            While reading the book of Ecclesiastes, I realized the importance of the new birth in Christ or being born again as...

Burn The Ships

Proverbs 4:25 Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.      Many events concerning what is recorded in history are being rewritten as new documents are found, or some of the old chronicles are being properly...

The Peter Moment

Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”?            Have you ever experienced that Peter moment when Jesus turns and looks you in the eye? When you mess up and sin, and in the...

I’m The Wrong Fisherman

Proverbs 1:5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.      I was talking with my friend Trent, and he was expressing his concern about being asked to do something ministerial that was not within his...

Fortitudine Vincimus

Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.            Fortitudine Vincimus: By endurance we conquer. I would like to add to this statement. By endurance in Christ, we conquer all...