His Ready Servants

In II Samuel 15:15 we find a great word from the servants of King David to their sovereign: “Behold, your servants are ready to do whatever my lord the king chooses.” They were in a difficult situation together; Absalom had just begun his rebellion and had proclaimed himself king. David had told his people that they were going to need to flee Jerusalem, or they would die at Absalom’s hands. And this was their response: “Behold, your servants are ready to do whatever my lord the king chooses.” Of course, this is what servants of the king OUGHT to say, if they are really his servants. They do not serve to do their own will, but HIS.

This is exactly the posture that WE should take, as servants of the King of the Universe. We do not exist to do our will, but His. In the Model Prayer, Jesus taught us to pray every day: “Thy will be done.” Unfortunately, many have tried to make God OUR servant in a perverted kind of “Christianity”, in which we direct God to bless OUR vision, plans and desires. This is a religion found nowhere in the Bible. Scriptural Christianity has one King: Yahweh, and His servants exist to serve HIM and to do His will.

For the follower of Jesus, the question each day is not: “What do I want to do today?” Rather it is: “What does my King desire for me to do today?” Each of us who claims to belong to the Lord should arise every day with the words of King David’s servants on our lips: “Behold, Your servants are ready to do whatever my Lord the King chooses.”

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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