I’ve not posted here for quite some time, I know, but there’s just a thought / picture I had back in January that I’d like to share.
This is regarding Service. Mark 10 v43-44 may be familiar to you: “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all“. To serve, and become ‘the least of these’, is a familiar concept to Christians. Of course, it is easier to accept this with your mind than get your heart to follow. The latter seems to take a lifetime of schooling, and even then, our own needs and selfishness seems to get in the way far too often.
Which brings me to the picture. How would you feel if, at the heavenly banquet, you found that your place was to serve the other guests? Don’t worry about the theology of that, the question is how would you feel? The answer may tell you something about the state of your own heart. Would you be willing, eager to serve? Or would you feel resentful, ashamed maybe a little angry? That perhaps you had somehow not received what you were ‘owed’? Or maybe you would feel some combination of all of the above.
Would serving at the Banquet for you be a place of honour, or dishonour?