Matthew 10:24 “The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.”
It was a sad day when the thought rose in my heart that my parents were not as smart as I thought them to be. The seeds of rebellion sown by the enemy in my heart began to bear some awful fruit.
As I began to learn and grow, there were thoughts, dreams and ideas that differed greatly from what my parents wanted for me. That divergence of thought left a door open for me to rise up in opposition to their authority in my life. Once I stepped through, it began to fill my heart with such horrible things.
I thought no one so old could be so ignorant. I thought that aging must have taken their brain and ability to think. How could they not see clearly that I was right and they were wrong?
That small-minded, rebellious thinking lasted only until I got married and began to have children of my own. Mom and Dad then became wise sages. I realized that I had forsook a principle that God set forth to keep the rebel in me in check.
As I read through Matthew 10, I saw Jesus trying to impart such wisdom to men who only partially understood all of Who it was that was speaking to them. They thought Him to be the One to restore the kingdom. The Deliverer. What they did not see was the Suffering Servant.
As I began to think more on this, I realized how I have forsook Jesus in my heart everytime I refuse to do His commands. The Master-disciple Lord-servant relationship is based on respect, and obedience. If I don’t respect the one placed over me in authority, I won’t fully obey them.
As I look back on the relationship I had with my parents, I did not respect them enough to ask them about those things that were different from their way of thinking or what they desired me to do and to be. I chose not to open the lines of communication to them to try to understand – I disrespected them.
My teen years were during a tumultuous time in our country. The free-love sixties had begun to grip a generation of young people to “Question Authority”. Now, having the question was not a bad thing in and of itself. But to take a position of opposition instead of understanding meant there was going to be a clash of ideals.
As a growing saved man, there were things I read in the Bible that went against my thinking, my culture and my desires. (Notice how many times I just said “my”) For me to think that I can forsake the commands of God as suggestions and do as I please is direct disobedience to a Holy God.
To view this properly, I have to remind myself of my place.
I am the purchased possession of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
He paid the ultimate price for my sins. In receiving Jesus’ payment to pay for my sin debt, I signed over all rights and responsibilities to Him – willingly! In turn, He got me. In all points of this transaction, I think He got the worst end of the deal!
But in the teaching of the Master-Disciple relationship, I must also surrender to the will of the Master for me; when I agree and when I disagree. When it is something I desire and when it goes against what I want, think or feel.
It is also a Father-Son relationship. I truly embrace the truth that my Father knows best. Pride is the destroyer of any relationship. But when submitted, I can yield my wants and desires to the One who has my best interest at heart.
Knowing one’s place in life can be a great asset. The world challenges it to say that you can ascend to whatever heights you desire. In the realm of worldly accolades, fame and fortune, I guess it might be pleasurable for season. But in light of eternity; my submission to the One who purchased my soul and my obedience to His guidance and leadership in my life, I can willingly yeild my whole heart, mind and life to the Lord Jesus Christ without reservation.
He IS worthy!