Pastor’s Pen: Obey the Master

As anyone working knows, when you are coming close to the end of your shift, you are ready to go home. For several summers I worked as a server (waiter) in different restaurants. One night I had finished my shift and we were closing up. The front door had just been locked and I was getting some things wrapped up in the back before heading home — and I was looking forward to going home.

Just then two couples come up to the locked door expecting to have dinner. They pulled the handle and realized it was locked. The owner, who happened to be nearby, saw this and immediately rushed to the door and let them in. The staff were wondering what was going to become of this.

“Layton,” she said, “this is your table.” Needless to say, I was not a happy server. I really had no desire to stay late and wait on people who showed up after the restaurant was officially closed. I had no desire to delay getting out of work. But I wasn’t the owner. I was the employee and I had to do what the boss wanted done.

If you are a Christ-follower then Jesus is your Boss or Master. He is the One in charge. When He says, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44), you do it.  When He says, “Give to everyone who asks you” (Luke 6:30) or “You cannot serve both God and money” (Luke 16:13) then you must believe Him and do what He says.

Why? Because He is the Master. If He says to “Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Me (Jesus)” (Matthew 16:24) then you do it because He is the One in charge.

You may not always feel like doing what He says. You may not like someone else being in charge. You may think you have a better handle on life than He does, but Jesus is in charge so you have to follow Him.

In John 13:13 Jesus says, “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.” Jesus is the Teacher, whose lessons and instruction we are to listen to and follow.

Jesus is the Lord and Master over all, whose commands we are to follow. And one day we’ll all bow before Him acknowledging that He is Lord (Master) over all (Romans 14:11-12). Are you ready for that day when you will stand before Him and show how you used what He gave you in the way He desired?

If you are a Christ-follower then Jesus is your Master. If He is your Master — your Boss — then you MUST obey Him. There may be commands that are more difficult to follow. The Master will walk with you through them. There may be instructions that don’t seem the best to  you. But the Master has proven Himself trustworthy. Obey Master Jesus. He is the One in charge.