THE STORY OF JESUS: Jeremiah 39-40
“Serve the king of Babylon, and it will go well with you.” (Jeremiah 40:9)
I am trying to figure out how this message fits for Jesus followers.
Through history there have been ungodly rulers in charge of our world.
What does it mean to “serve the king”, when that kings is evil or unjust?
It obviously cannot mean to join the king in their ungodly behaviour.
We submit to God as we submit to our leaders, even when they are wicked.
We don’t support them, but we do not rebel against them either.
As ‘servants’, like Jesus we go beneath in order to help.
We win them over by graciousness and humility and servanthood.
It is evident to them that we are different, that we have integrity and honesty.
We pray for our leaders, and we live good, honourable lives before them.
“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God.” (1 Peter 2:12)
We will speak the truth, but we speak that truth in love – not rebellious defiance.
What does it mean for me to ‘serve’ my new premier, whether I like him or not?
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, help me to be a humble servant also in regards to leadership, government, justice and mercy. You have not called me to play politics, but to be like You. Help me to know what this means.