Matt 10:24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
Forgetfulness is the trademark of sinners. We are especially prone to forget spiritual principles in the face of opposition. The Lord Jesus included this reminder to His disciples in His teaching on what will happen to His disciples as they served Him. It was an important reminder for the disciples; it is timely reminder for us. This verses serves up three reminders for the servants of GOD:
1. This verse reminds us of our position: that we are under the authority of our Master and Lord, the Saviour Christ Jesus. His word and His principles we must obey, His commandments we must do and His instructions we must comply with. For as a servant of Christ, we are not above our Lord. How many of us as the servants of the
Lord are doing what the Lord tells us to do? Are we not saved to serve? Are we not bound by LOVE to serve our Saviour? Many say ‘We love Christ’, but by their lives, and their loyalties, they deny Him. Their pleasures, their careers, their opinions, their hurts, their issues in lives, and their future are more important to them. If we are called to be Christians, then is Christ our Lord and His word we must obey. This verse reminds us that Jesus is our Lord.
2. This verse is to remind us of our duties: we are to do the work of God and to serve despite the trials, opposition and difficulties that attend to us. Matt 10:25 …If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? The context of this verse is the Lord’s teaching that those who choose to serve Christ will be derided, despised, defamed and destroyed. People called the Lord Jesus the devil, how much more will they call those who are disciples of Christ? Many, upon realizing the cost of following Christ, gives up the course, gives up the fight and gives up the Saviour. This verse reminds us that the Lord Jesus was faithful to His work that the Father gave Him, despite the defamation. It reminds us that serving the Lord needs to be priority in the life of God’s servants.
3. This verse is for our encouragement: The Lord Jesus, in trying to fortify and prepare His disciples for the ministry of the gospel, encourages them that the persecution, the opposition, the trials and temptations they will face have been faced by their Master, and their Lord. There is nothing that will happen to them, that have not happened to their Saviour. This verse is for our encouragement, to be strong in the face of persecution and trials, that we might be faithful to Him, as He has been faithful to us. “Looking unto Jesus, … endured the cross, despising the pain” Heb 12:2.
Are you claiming a position higher than our Saviour? Do we realize our duties as His servant? We can get encouragement from His trials and His temptations, that we may be strong in ours, for His name sake.
Evangelist – Pastor Johnny Tan
Ambassador Baptist Church