This is a terrible way for me to start a night out.
Reference: For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. (Luke 22:27 NIV)
Explore: I always like to ring ahead and book a table at a restaurant. It gives me comfort to know they have a place for me when I arrive.
It frustrates me when I call up to book a table and they inform me they don’t take bookings. When I arrive I will just have to wait until the next available table is ready.
This is a terrible way for me to start a night out. No matter where you wait you can see people sitting at tables, being served anything they like, and I’m left out, totally at the mercy of someone else leaving and vacating a table.
But once you get a table, it’s like you’ve won a prize. You walk valiantly to your table, past all the other poor citizens who still have to wait, and sit on your throne of glory you have waited so long for.
Application: There’s some power in being seated at the table. It’s then someone’s responsibility to serve you and bring you everything you ask for.
But being seated at the table isn’t always where we are called to be. There are times when we are the one to serve, the one to seat others or even the one out of sight preparing the food.
If we look at scripture it should be no surprise to us when God calls us to these more lowly places. Jesus never pushed Himself to the front but always prioritised the servant position.
No matter where God places us we can serve Him in what we do.
Prayer: Lord, grant us humility so we may see You in every opportunity. Amen.
What position has God placed you in for this season?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.