Been reading some more at A Wilderness Voice and found more “little things” that really clarify what’s wrong with Churchianity today. I used to advocate patience in giving the churched time to warm up to the idea of abandoning the status quo, but time is running out. Besides, how can worldly, flesh-stroking systems ever have been God’s will?
It is interesting that Jesus chose the most servile term in the Greek language to correspond to Kingdom greatness. Another definition of doulos is under rower. The lowest place of slavery in the Roman Empire was the second deck galley slave. To be a galley slave was to be chained to the oar of a Roman galleon for the rest of your life with no hope of deliverance or any kind of life of your own. Consider what it was like to be a galley slave on the lower deck with other men chained to their oars above you, defecating down through the grates above your head. This is the term that Jesus chose to define the greatest in His kingdom. Of this word Thayer wrote: “Noun, doulos: 1) a slave, bondman, man of servile condition. 1b) metaphorically, one who gives himself up to another’s will. . .1c) devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests. . . .Originally this was the lowest term in the scale of secular sertitude.”
Jesus was not tempted by the devil until after He was weak and starving. We need to pay attention, because Satan’s tactics have not changed. He will wait until we have been through the wilderness to make a tempting offer, such as of acceptance, position, money, fame, or influence. Who among those “under rowers” wouldn’t jump at the chance to rise up even one level? What kind of fool would stay down where your fellow servants, to put it bluntly, crap on your head all the time? From ch. 7:
It is one thing to be enticed by the enemy with all that the world can offer, but quite another to have your dearest friends counseling you to go against what you know is the way that Father has put before you--a way that even your flesh is crying out against. On the one hand you are offered prosperity and success. On the other you are offered nothing in this world but suffering and death. Only faith is left to carry you through to the heavenly goal. All hangs in the balance. Will we save our lives or lose them? Will we choose the Father’s purpose over our own comfort and say with Jesus, “But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” If we follow Jesus, we too will grow in our passion for the Father’s glory.
If we don’t embrace the Father’s purpose in the cross we will take up fleeing instead of following, saving ourselves instead of serving, avoidance rather than obedience. And our constant prayer will be, “Father, save me from this hour,” as we lose our lives through seeking them.
What’s all that got to do with “klingons”? I’m talking about people who “cling on” to power, position, and imagined divine rights. Whether it’s over other believers in a “church” or over the other half of the human race, pride is found in those who refuse to follow Jesus and enter His kingdom. They fight to be first in line, they demand the important seats, they rage against anyone who does not acknowledge their assumed preeminence. Show me someone who speaks of rule, authority, roles, offices, or high callings, and I’ll show you the least in the kingdom of heaven. A Christian who uses spiritual gifts as titles of authority has no idea what following Jesus to the lowest position is all about.
It’s time for us sheeple to stop following the hired hands!