I Peter 2:21-25 Msg; This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step.
He never did one thing wrong, Not once said anything amiss. They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right. He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you’re named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls.
I love this passage for few reasons; the invitation to live a life as Christ and an example with step by step instructions. God knew we’d screw it up unless we had instructions. Than you have those who don’t read the instruction book and still screw it up! But those words, servant body, just spoke to me this morning.
A servant is one who is employed by another to fulfill a duty. When you’re in the military, you’ve signed a contract stating that the government owns you for the amount of years you sign up for. You are no longer able to do what or go where you please, you serve at the pleasure of the person you’re in contract with.
Jesus was God’s servant. He served God’s plan right down to the very last detail. He didn’t question it, he submitted to it. A servant body. Someone surrendered to another’s plans and purposes. Wow. And we’re to follow his example. We sure have that down pat, don’t we!
The majority of people today simply don’t want to follow that example. They want all the benefits but not all the suffering. When injustice comes our way, we fly into a tizzy, not even considering the injustice Jesus endured. “It’s not fair!” never came out of His mouth. He never threw stones, never cussed anyone out, only went about doing good, healing all who were oppressed. He knew his purpose and did it without one time raising his fist to God, accusing him of being a bad father.
And to beat all, Peter, loud mouthed Peter is the one who wrote these words. The one who denied he even knew Jesus, finally realized just what Jesus did to save us all. “Peter, do you love me more than these?” Do you love me when you don’t know the whole plan? Do you love me more than your life? More than anything? Will you serve me? Will you follow my example? Will you allow me to use your servant body?
Father, I see how many times I have said, “Lord, use me!” but didn’t really understand what that meant. I’m actually in Your employe. I’ve signed a lifetime contract with You. I’m no longer in it for me, I’m in it for You. Forgive me for wandering so far from Your plans. I’ve had my own agenda all along and it wasn’t always Yours. I would have fired my butt, but You, You saw something I could not and patiently held out for more. So I take the whole benefit package, knowing I will suffer persecution for Your cause. It’s in Jesus’ name I very humbly pray, Amen.