Have you ever had one of those—Wait—What?—moments while reading the Bible. If you’ve been in the faith for a while it’s likely you know what I mean.
It’s especially fun when it happens in verses you’ve read hundreds of times.
Take, for example, Luke 1:2.
just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, - Luke 1:2 NASB
Luke, while telling his reader(s) what they’re about to read, and why he has the right to tell it, drops this phrase, "servants of the word."
For years I've read it in the KJV where it says "ministers of the word," which is a good translation, but somehow it didn’t grab me the way “servant” did. I guess I’ve often heard pastors and teachers referred to as ministers of the Word, but we, those of us who undertake to minister the Word, often forget that we are servants of that Word—THE Word, that is—not the other way around.
Luke looked back at those eyewitnesses who handed the first-hand accounts to him and saw that they were not bringing a message that served them. They were bringing a message that mastered them. They were not masters of the word, but subject to it. They didn’t reckon themselves teachers, but students.
And so it must be today. The one who lives as though he has arrived and attained some level of mastery quickly loses his ability to minister the Word. It is only in submission to the Word (Jesus) that we can be fruitful in ministry and helpful to those who hunger and thirst around us.
Lord, help me to serve the Word faithfully. Keep me from pride and arrogance. Anything I have, You gave, and Yours is the glory.
Thanks for stopping in today.
See you again soon,