Today’s word 3-17-2011

A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
and will share the inheritance as one of the family.
Proverbs 17:2

There are servants who behave like real children and children who behave like common servants. That’s the way it always has been. I’m sure that in Pharaoh’s royal family there had always been people with royal blood and succession rights who could have taken responsibility for the management of the finances, commerce and trade of the world power that Egypt was. However, Pharaoh, noticing the wisdom and successful business acumen that a young servant, foreigner and convict named Joseph has shown, appointed him prime minister with authority over all his kingdom. In these postmodern times is very common to see children who have lost respect for their parents and in general have lost respect for any authority. They want to live in freedom, that is, as they understand it, in debauchery. They ignore every precept of submission and respect for their parents and make disobedience and scorn a lifestyle. Likewise, there are children of God who sometimes behave like enemy’s children; acting in a way that we know does not please God.

We must behave as the apostle John pointed out when he wrote: “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” God gave us understanding to know who his image is before us. Our Lord Jesus Christ, all man and all God, true God and eternal life, is the perfect model of a true son. Let us walk, then, in his footsteps and act like the true children of God we have been made and not as the mere servants we used to be. To God alone be the glory!


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