Matthew 10:24-25 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. (25) It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord… In our society today we hear a lot about “equality”. There are those who believe that if we could just get everyone on equal ground materially, financially, and physically, then we could all be happy. This thought entails that we are not already equal.
Being created in the image of God and possessing intrinsic human value is an equality that all of us already possess. Everyone possessing the same amount of physical, mental, financial, and material ability is an equality that will never be attained. Sadly, people overlook the first, and think the answer to obtaining peace is found in the second, although history repeatedly disproves this theory.
There is another form of equality that, when it is attained, is truly the highest form of equality that could ever be attained. This equality is far above any level of worldly equality! The equality I’m talking about is to be equal with our Lord, Jesus Christ! I do not mean equal with His Lordship, but equal in His character. In other words, as the title of this post indicates, To Be as Our Master.
We cannot be greater than He because He is the only Lord and Savior of the world. But, there are three ways in which we are called by God to be as our Master! When the Christian understands, grasps, and accepts these three ways, they make becoming more like Christ to be a far easier and more attainable goal!
To Be Hated, As Our Master Being hated may not sound like a fun time, and it often isn’t fun. We are told by Jesus in Matthew 10:22 – And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. It’s like Jesus is saying, “Don’t take it personally. It’s not about you, it’s about Me”. There will come a point at which the Christian will make the choice to either be like the world or be like Jesus. This decision will reveal who our real master is.
To Suffer Persecution, As Our Master Matthew 10:23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. It’s as if Jesus is saying, “If you get severely persecuted in one city to where you can’t stay, don’t feel like you have to stay there. Just go to another city. There are so many cities to flee to and continue preaching the Gospel that you won’t get to them all before I return. Besides, there are people in those other cities that I can save as well.”
If there’s one thing satan knows, it is that he is not as great as Jesus. He doesn’t like that truth, but he certainly knows that truth!
It’s too bad most people don’t understand this, and even sadder that many Christians don’t seem to understand this (at least not on an everyday practical level anyway).
Christianity has never been meant to be a smooth sailing lifestyle. Whether it be the hatred and persecution by the world or constantly saying “No” to yourself so you can say “Yes” to God, if our lives are smoother than the Lord’s life was when He was on the earth, then something about us is not like our Master!
When we’ve truly met the Lord, there’s the constant and pressing feeling that “There’s something I must be doing for God…There’s something I need to be part of that’s bigger than me in the kingdom of God!”
“I can’t just sit on the sidelines watching. I need to get in the game! I need to make a difference somehow and somewhere for God!” As our Master says in Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist (knew) ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? When we take up the mantle of being as our Master, then be assured that our Master will take up the mantle of taking care of us!
To Declare God’s Word, As Our Master Matthew 10:26-27 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. (27) What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
The Christian life appeals to those who hunger for something more! There is no greater message than the Gospel that says we can spend timeless eternity with the God who created us and gave us purpose and significance! For those who accept it, Matthew 10:22 …he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Keep your eyes focused on Jesus and your heart on Heaven!