Good morning, Broward Church. My name is Kyle Eastman. I serve as an evangelist and a college minister in our church in Gainesville called Campus View Church, and I am just delighted to be here with you. Tony’s been a good friend of mine for about seven years, and I’m here in your building and… See more
Good morning, Broward Church. My name is Kyle Eastman. I serve as an evangelist and a college minister in our church in Gainesville called Campus View Church, and I am just delighted to be here with you. Tony’s been a good friend of mine for about seven years, and I’m here in your building and it’s awesome. It’s pretty dark. Usually when I’m here it’s glorious and filled. But I know you’re with us now, and I’m grateful that you’re here with us this morning.
I want to just introduce my family before I get started. This is my wife and children. My wife, her name is Kristen and my kids, my son’s name is Rowan and my daughter is Kathleen. She goes by Kate. I’m pretty serious about not calling her Katie. So it’s just Kate. Our kids are an amazing joy. We love them. They’re 3 and 1. And my wife is just amazing. She’s wonderfully bright. She’s genuinely compassionate, almost painfully kind and thoughtful and has such great depth – I don’t think I’ll ever reach the bottom of her depth – and a constant inspiration for me.
And our kids are such a joy. I mean, for those of you that have had kids or have kids or are thinking about having kids, a three-year-old and a one-year-old are a lot of work, but obviously worth every minute. We have our moments, but we have a lot of fun.
And we the Eastman’s, that’s my last name, aren’t good at everything. Certainly we’re bad at a lot of things. But the one thing we’re good at is we’re good at dancing. You wouldn’t think I was good at dancing if you saw me dancing. But you dance with me because I was so into it. Every day, our family does dance parties and want to connect that to a story just so you can get to know me a little better.
About two years ago, when my son was about 13 months old, we were in New York attending a retreat. And my son had not quite learned to walk yet at 13 months. And he wasn’t really talking. So he was just standing, wobbling, and blabbing. And this adorable little girl walked up to us in the lobby of the hallway of the hotel. She walked in like an Olympic walker. I mean, she was incredible. And she walked up and she started walking circles around my son. I was like, oh, that’s so sweet. How old is your daughter? And the lady was like, oh, she’s just turned 11 months and she’s talking. And so immediately I’m feeling competitive because I care. I’m like, my son has to be better. Like there’s a competition going on with kids.
That’s why when you go to the pediatrician, if any of you have been the pediatrician with your little infants, they give you stats on your children. They tell you that your son is in the 80th percentile head size. And I’m like, let’s go. Like, I want to win. And so this little girl walks up and she’s literally walking circles around my son. And my son’s dressed in probably some superhero outfit and she’s looking all prim and proper and I’m feeling a little insecure.
And then this music starts playing, just dropping a beat. And my son looks at a little girl and he just starts going.
And I remember thinking, my son is better than your daughter because my son can dance. And by God, if he can do anything, he’s going to dance.
And that’s a little bit about my family. We just love going to church here.
I have such admiration for the example that you all are setting. Such admiration for what you’re doing even in this time. The example you’re setting, talking about the things going on. Even the setup in here is so professional and I’m grateful to be able to be part of it.
What an honor and just a special word of encouragement for my friend Tony. You know, if Tony wasn’t so good-hearted and kind and such a great friend to me, I’d be really insecure because of how awesome he is. He’s actually running the soundboard right now, so I’m glad I can’t see him. That would be uncomfortable. But he’s such a rare combination of depth of character, such a wide range of talent mixed with such a great spiritual ambition. A rare man indeed married to a rare woman. So, Tony and Kassandra are very dear to our hearts. And your church collectively is very dear to my heart. And so I just want to praise God, for your example. And thanks for letting me join you.
The title of today’s sermon is Unworthy. And today we’re going to be talking about really just one idea. And if you walk away from this and you remember anything, it’s this following statement that your perspective of God shapes your attitude about life. In other words, the way you respond to life’s crazy, difficult trying times, of which right now is a great example, is a direct result of how you see God and experienced Jesus.
So, when you walk away from this and you’re talking a week later to a friend and oh, do you remember what Kyle spoke about? Not that much, but I remember this statement. That’s what I want you to know.
Our First Impressions Are Often Wrong
Now, I want to start by talking a little bit about first impressions. My first time buying a house was six months ago. My wife and I bought a house in Gainesville and we bought it in October and we moved in in January. And throughout that time, our giant oak tree in the front yard was just dropping leaves for months. And I remember pulling up to the driveway and thinking, that’s a lot of leaves, but not having really any idea what I was getting myself into. True naïveté. And for those of you that own a home with a big yard and a lot of leaves, you know what you’re about to hear.
And so I think, oh, I’ll rake those up in an afternoon. It shouldn’t be a problem. And so I go a couple of weeks later and I start raking it quickly, I realized that my first impression of the situation was false. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. And so I just want to show you the results of just the first round of raking and give you a little bit of what I’ve put myself through in purchasing this house. So, I went ahead and in the first week bagged twenty three bags there, each weighed on average 17 pounds. And yes, I weighed them for posterity. And I thought that was it. And then I realized, oh, I haven’t done the backyard yet.
And so I raked about 20 more. And since then I have raked a total of about 65 or 70 bags of leaves that each weigh about seventeen pounds. And if you do your math well, you’ll realize that that is over half a ton of leaves that I have raked. This can’t be real, but this is science. This isn’t a ministry exaggeration. This isn’t a preacher saying it really feels like a lot. I’m telling you, this is math. I have raked that many leaves and I continue to rake leaves.
My first impression was so wrong. And I think that that is just kind of a symbol of the way we sometimes approach the Bible and and sometimes the way we approach God. Our first impressions often are wrong.
Turn your Bible to Luke 17. The Scripture will not be on the slide. So go ahead and turn there on your Bible, whatever you’re using. And I’m gonna start reading together in verse 7 and talk a little bit about what this passage mean to us? What is it saying to us? What do we take from it? Let’s read together.
“Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat?’ Won’t he rather say, ‘prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink after that you may eat and drink?’ Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘we are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'”
Different Lenses Of Perspective
If you were anything like me, my initial reaction to this is, to be totally honest with you, a little bit put off. I know in my heart that I shouldn’t think poorly of God and that my initial feelings are probably wrong. But honestly, the first impression I have in this verse just kind of lingers for me. It sticks in my mind and infects the way I think about God.
I’m a Christian, right? So I need to not only believe that God is always good and fair, but I need to be able to defend that belief, which makes this scripture troubling because I have a couple different lenses I can look at the Bible through. And I want to speak a little bit about the lenses that we use to look at the Bible.
The First Lens
My first lens can be a little bit cynical and a little skeptical. You know, this first lens here is just representative of my default mode. What’s natural for me? The point of this verse is our attitude toward God, our place before God, that we are unworthy. But I have such a hard time getting past the way the master treats the servant in this passage, because it just feels wrong to me. And to be honest, hypersensitive in our culture right now. I have a natural aversion to anything representing an idea that one person is greater than another, that I believe all men are equal. That the ground is level at the foot of the cross. And so when I see anything that feels even a little bit oppressive, like this master showing no gratitude, it just brings me back to my high school days and humanities and just to the horrors of oppression and slavery.
And of course, right now, it brings to the fore all my feelings about what’s happening and the injustice, especially toward my black brothers and sisters and anyone that’s experiencing oppression and suppression in a way that I don’t experience because the color of my skin and I have an aversion to this.
And this is the kind of verse that may make you feel a certain way about God. Many of these feelings are unspoken. They linger in the back of our minds, but they impact the way that we think about God. The thought lingers there in my head that God is maybe just a little bit narcissistic, maybe just a little bit egotistical, maybe a little bit obsessed with our worship and our service of him. That is just brutal honesty. But man, if that stays, if I don’t crucify that thought, it lingers and it makes me react in horrible ways to God. And it just infects my thinking.
The Second Lens
Now, there is another lens. Of course, our first lens is this. But when we realize that we’re probably looking at this verse wrong if we’re thinking that way, right? And we know that in our heart, but our head is telling us differently. But if I’m at the point where I genuinely trust God’s goodness and his good heart that he’s fair and just, my lens flips and it changes in an amazing way.
I see the story differently now. So let’s look at it from this flipped lens, because, of course, Jesus flips everything upside down in his kingdom. What if instead of the way I think about this passage, what if the servant became that way voluntarily? What if out of the servant’s great love and respect for the master, he chose to be a slave to him.? What if the servant felt that the only thing that mattered was serving his master? What if he came by that opinion authentically, honestly and personally? What if the servant believed that his master held the keys to eternal life and that by serving him well, he made his master’s name a great name, that he did his part, even though it was a tiny part in the grand scheme of things? What if the servant recognized that his master was far greater than he could ever be and that it was a genuine privilege to serve him? What if he viewed it as his life’s honor to serve the master? And lastly, what if the service was filled with so much pride that he could serve as the farmer, the shepherd, and even the waiter with no need for thanks? He feels so proud to do that, that no matter how demeaning the job in his mind, there is no more glorious work to be done.
You know, that’s how we’re meant to view this passage, through that lens.
An Unworthy Place
This parable is not a parable that’s meant to confuse the way God treats us. God is loving and compassionate, and amazing. This parables about our status before God is about a humble acceptance of our place before him. It’s an unworthy place.
This word unworthy comes from the Greek achreios, which means useless and good for nothing. So, the servant says, I am useless and I am good for nothing. We don’t like that. I don’t like that. I’d like to think I’m special, that I’m unique. But when I think about this I’m really almost irritated by this. That’s my first lens.
But the lens we’re meant to look at this through should not be that this is the attitude Jesus expects us to adopt in our relationship with him, our proper place before God. And once we can understand what the parable is trying to communicate, it challenges me to the core.
Because of our culture, our generation as a society, we don’t really know how to handle this idea that we are worthless without God. It’s against our nature. And, you know, in order to help you understand where my mind is coming from, I want to read a quote to you from a book called ‘Misreading Scripture through Western Eyes.’ The book I read recently that’s really helped continue to shape my understanding of the Bible and how I can misread it. This quote is longer than most quotes. I’m probably breaking some keynote rules, so stick with me.
I don’t think it’ll be hard for you to do so because it’s very moving and very challenging to me and into the true statement about our cultural.
Let’s read it together:
“While every generation likes to critique the previous one, it seems to us that Americans are becoming more self-centered. My generation was known as the ‘me generation.’ Rather than saving for their children’s education, many spent their money on themselves. They continually remodeled their homes and even themselves. As always, history has something to do with this, this generation was in elementary school during the tumultuous social upheaval of the 1960s.
As teens and young adults in the 1970s, many turned away from the activism of the previous decade and became focused on themselves. They wanted to have fun, be fulfilled, self-actualized and enjoy life. This generation is responsible for the pet rock. Perfect for a self-centered generation, the pet rock didn’t need to be fit, walked or loved. When you lost interest, you could just throw it away, or pass it on to your children.
When the ‘me generation’ became Christians, we baptized this egocentrism. We now feel guilty for spending all of our money on ourselves. So we gave it to the church. Mainly to our local church. The church growth movement was led by baby boomers and populated with the ‘me generation.’.
We built modern cathedrals with children’s ministry spaces Disney would covet. We still gave money to missions, but preferably for a trip that includes me. We sing the beautiful praised chorus, ‘It’s all about you, Jesus.’.
Who are we kidding? It’s all about Jesus – as long as it’s in a service I like, with people I like, with music I like, for a length of time that I like. At some point in this generation, ‘Take up your cross and follow me’ changed into ‘Come to Jesus and he will make your life better.’
The next generation is perhaps more self-centered, but we too have our excuses. Many Gen X’ers were latch-key kids, which meant they were home alone after school in the evenings because both parents worked full time. In many ways they raised themselves with the help of after-school programs that taught them they were unique, special and important.
Reared on a steady diet of self-esteem and positive reinforcement, at least at school and on television, they are just as likely to consider themselves the center of the universe.
The generation coming up now, often called millennials, are usually the children of Gen Xers; and because the Gen Xer’s parents weren’t very involved in their lives, parents of millennials tend to over-parent. They’ve been labeled ‘helicopter parents’ because they hover over their kids and make sure they get all they need all the time.
This constant attention means millennials have a strong sense of self-esteem (verging on narcissism some would say), a strong sense of entitlement (because they’ve always gotten what they wanted), and don’t take criticism very well.
They, as the generations before them, are obsessed with self-improvement, self-actualization and self-expression. The prevailing model of ministry in the U.S. for the past generation has reinforced this value.
Much preaching is focused on the needs of listeners, this style communicates that the value of scripture and ultimately, the gospel, is what can it do for me?”
This Is Who We Are: Entitled
Thanks for sticking with me, I know it was long, but I thought in an appropriate read because I felt like it covered all of our bases. This is who we are. In many ways, certainly we don’t want to paint with too broad of a brush. Not all fall into this category.
But I know I connect with my generation of millennials in that way. And it does seem to me that from modern day citizens of first world countries, we continue to become more and more self-centered each generation.
You know, about nine months ago my son walked in the house from playing outside and he looked at me and he looked at his mom and said, “Mom, dad, I would like a present.”
And I said, Oh, yes.?”
He said, “yeah.”
I was like, “Why do you feel you you should get a present?”
“Well, I’ve been good.”
And I thought that in that moment, I was like, OK. I need to get some advice about raising my child, but also I thought how true that is of me when I do a good thing, when I’ve just been good, when I’ve been righteous and faithful and prayerful.
I kind of expect God to give me that divine pat on the back. “Hey, I’ve been good for a while. When’s the next blessing going to come around? When are you going to give me that next present from you?”
You know, there’s a word for this attitude. The word is entitlement, the feeling that we have earned a reward, that we deserve to be treated a certain way and accorded respect and given good things.
This Is Our Place Before God
This attitude about life bleeds into our relationship with God. We do things for God, good things before we read in Luke 17, the first 6 verses are worth going back and checking out. Jesus is speaking to the apostles and he says to them basically that you’re expected to live amazingly righteous lives. You’re expected to have faith that defies the laws of science and nature, and you’re expected to forgive far beyond the world standard.
And the disciples are like, wow, like if we live this way what is that going to mean? How is God going to treat us? And then he follows up with the parable of the unworthy servant. He says, even if you do all these things, this is still your place before God.
We struggle with this. I struggle with this idea because I feel that if I put out for God, he should give back to me. If I obey God, it’s only fair that he should bless my life with good things that will make me happy. Because when I became a Christian, I was told that I would live life to the full.
Think about it, when we persevere through tough times. But they just keep getting harder. Like, when is this going to end? How do you feel about God in those moments? Do you feel like ‘you now owe me something God because of what I’ve been through, because of how spiritual I’ve been in this time.’ When you just can’t seem, from your perspective, to catch a break. How does it impact your experience with God and Jesus?
Have We Missed The Point of Christianity?
You know, people turn away from God all the time because they don’t feel he has given back to them.
“I given so much to you, God. But you don’t give back your fair share. I’m out.” I’ve seen so many people wander from God for this reason, and I wonder if that’s the case, if we’ve just missed the point of Christianity.
I think that we are entitled people, I know I can speak for myself and say this, I am consistently becoming more understanding of my own entitlement. Now I just want to speak to myself and, you know, if the shoe fits for you, wear it or find a way to wear a shoe that’s meaningful right now, because I think this is true of many of us.
Our natural views about our relationship with God come from, in many ways, the culture we live in and we just describe the culture of entitlement that we’re absorbed in. Now, I was born a citizen of the United States. I’ve never been a foreigner living somewhere before. I visited places but never live anywhere as a foreigner. I’ve never had to work for the rights and privileges that come with citizenship, nor have I had to struggle with the incredible hardship of making a living without being a citizen. But I’ve watched friends go through it, and those moments have reminded me that I’m I can be so ignorant of the privileges that I have just as a citizen.
Now, I was born into a middle class family that never struggled to put food on the table. We weren’t rich by American standards, but of course, by the world’s standards, we were filthy rich. And I feel like our family is very generous. But, you know, it never occurred to me that there was anywhere in the world, when I was a kid at least, that not eating was something any child would ever face. I felt entitled to eating three meals a day and snacks whenever I wanted.
And then I’m a millennial to boot. Right, I’m shaped by my generation’s response to those who preceded us. And I can confidently say, I mean, maybe the generation coming up is contending with us. But it’s hard for me not to believe that we are the most entitled generation America has ever seen.
We would like flexible work hours, please. I would like a great salary whether I’ve earned it or not. I’m worth it, you’ll figure that out. I want more vacation days than I deserve. I’d like a two hour siesta in the middle of the day with a ping pong table to hone my skills and give me a mental break.
You know, I scoff at the idea of commercials when I watching TV. I don’t even know what to do with myself when commercials come on. I feel so entitled to a non-commercial show. Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus. Anything I want, whenever I want, we can just find it.
House Hunters: Church Edition
My generation chooses churches like we are on house hunters. For those who have seen that we go in and we would like to have all the bells and whistles, please. But at a reasonable cost.
To me, this is how our world views church. Don’t let it be too costly. Right? I would like to be sipping my coffee while worshipping because I was made to worship. I would like the temperature to be a crisp 71 degrees so I can wear my torn jeans in my denim jacket. I would like the worship to be a perfect mix of contemporary please, and not too loud on the drums because that really drowns it out. Maybe sprinkle a little four part harmony, but not too much because I don’t want my friends to feel like they’re coming to a traditional church. I want it to feel racially diverse, but please don’t expect me to actually engage with people too deeply.
I would like to have the freedom to interact as I choose, but still feel good about myself that I go to a socially aware and diverse church. I would prefer not to actually have to interact with people that aren’t like me.
I just like being in the same spaces as them because it eases my conscience. Of course we wouldn’t say this, but this is what’s happening to many of us. I would like a small group, but not too demanding.
I want to study the Bible because I understand I really don’t know Jesus, but I am uncomfortable if it’s focused too much on me. So can I be in a group thing where it’s equal give, equal take?
This is the way my generation is about church. And then on top of that, I am white. And so everything that comes with it, all the privilege and the comfort that come with just having been born with a certain pigment skin color.
As unjust and nauseating as those truths are, they are true of my life. So I have to keep learning and growing.
I’ve been raised in a country that fought for its freedom and paid with blood and now tells me that just for existing, I inherently deserve all the things that people died for. All the rights and privileges I’ve been taught, that I’m worthy of respect, love and care. Our culture is teaching people that we deserve to be pampered, that if you give, you should get.
And you know what? We carry this attitude with us into our relationship with God.
Facing the Harsh Reality: We Are Useless Without God
My son has a book called The Lovables. It’s all these really amazing art and all these animals. Some of you that have little kids may know what I’m talking about. It’s all about how special you are, how unique you are, how wonderful you are. Never let anyone tell you differently. You’re unique and loved. Doesn’t matter who you are. You don’t change who you are. Embrace who you are.
Another book he has talked about how night that Rowan was born and Kate was born. The pandas came together and grabbed trumpets and played in their Arctic tundra or whatever, and that the koala bears were on their trees singing for joy. And that is not how I remember that experience when my son was born. Yikes. No wonder we struggle with the idea that actually in the grand scheme of things, we’re pretty much useless without God.
We have no value outside of him, unworthy in every way outside of God. We have no meaning. And we’re tiny. I think sometimes I forget how small I really am.
Our culture pushes this concept of self-worth so hard. It’s no surprise that we struggle to grasp this concept of being unworthy before God. We are told since birth that you are special. That you are God’s gift to mankind. That we are important. That you matter.
You Are The Star Of The Show. Or Are You?
You know, live streaming has been a really good reminder to me of how small I am.
You know, on average, weekly at Campus View Church in Gainesville, we have between 175 and 250 people watching our live streams. And wow, not bad, Kyle. Like, your kind of big deal. And there have been moments I where I have been like, I’m kind of a big deal, you know, all these people watching me.
And then I come down here and I preach for Broward Church and I’m like, Man, now I really really made it. Like Broward, you guys are the bomb. I mean, you have probably a thousand people watching your Sundays and it’s awesome. The quality and the content of the preaching and what you stand for is amazing and you can make us feel like we’re making a difference.
I have real influence. And then I heard recently that Taylor Swift, I know a little random, stick with me, had 70,000 people come to one of her concerts. She broke a record. And then I’m like, oh, I don’t know if 70,000 people will hear me in my entire life and I preach for a living. Right, I’m a minister for a living.
And Taylor Swift got nothing on our good friend Chris Tomlin. We all know Chris Tomlin, right? You know he does, ‘How great is our God?’ That’s kind of his claim to fame, and he’s a Christian songwriter. Chris Tomlin, a couple of years ago, passed one billion streams online on his music. One billion. I don’t know where he’s at now, but Chris Tomlin has got nothing on our good friend Elsa.
I was riding in the car about six months ago with my wife, and I was we were listening to ‘Let It Go.’ Not for pleasure, because my children love it desperately. And I’m like, how many times have I listened to this song? I know this song by heart. I can probably almost sing it in French. I hear it in French sometimes because my Alexa doesn’t listen to me. And so she plays it in French. I know this song in almost two languages. My wife was holding the phone and I said, let me guess how many views this video has, the original Let It Go video on YouTube. And I was like, I’m gonna aim high: 500 million. Kristen was like, You’re off by a billion.
I actually don’t think in the history of the world, there have been many times anyone’s been off in an estimate on anything by one billion at that point. Elsa had 1.5 billion views. And you know what? I think now it’s over two billion views. So whenever you’re feeling like you’re the hot stuff, like you got it going on, just remember our good friend, the Ice Princess and get a reality check because you’re pretty small.
We Are Pretty Small
I mean, if I didn’t believe in a God that loved me individually and that cared for me, the fact that I’m tiny in the grand scheme of things would be really hard for me.
But because I believe in God, I’m OK with that. Because in 100 years, who’s going to remember my name? Or that I was ever here at all? I don’t know the name of my great-great-grandfather.
Will anyone even know my name? What I did? How hard I worked for my reputation that I cared so much about to be admired, to be sought after? Will they care? Will they know this sermon that you’re listening to right now?
If you faithfully attend church, your group meetings, and your discipling, or whatever it is from whatever background you are. This sermon will be one of thousands you hear in your life. You probably won’t remember it in five years. You might not remember it in one year. You know what? In a week, you might be unsure of what we talked about today. I’m OK with that. I feel OK about that. I’m just doing my little part in this little corner of the kingdom to move it forward.
God Is Not A Vending Machine
But this insatiable need for self-worth, mixed with our tendency towards entitlement, fuels a strange and unhealthy approach to our relationship with God. We live in a culture that seeks after God because of what he can provide us. What can God do for me?
We live in a culture that seeks after God because of what he can provide to us. Peace, joy, happiness, fulfillment, purpose. God, what will you do for me? We view God as a vending machine in many ways. Give a little. Get a little. I see this even in my preaching and teaching sometimes, like I’m a salesman trying to convince a reluctant buyer to take my product, like I’m trying to appeal to how great God is and how your life will get better if you just follow God. See the fulfillment?
Is that how I should communicate the gospel? That doesn’t sound like the story at all.
God is not some insecure, attention-seeking, megalomaniac that struggles with self-worth and needs to be worshipped and given attention because you have self-esteem issues. That sounds a little bit more like me than God.
God does not need us. We are objects of his affection. His masterpiece, his creation. We read that especially in Ephesians 2 and it talked about why he saved us. God did not create us because he was lonely or sad or desperate. We were objects of his loving care. The results of the outpouring of his mercy and grace and love and his generosity created to be in a loving relationship with him and to display that love to the world. Our lives should reflect the attitude of the servant in this passage.
There is no amount of good I could ever do. No amount of faithful acts I could ever accomplish. No amount of forgiveness I could dish out. No matter what is going on in the world, no matter how personally affronted I am, Jesus himself was crucified and forgave during his murder while it was ongoing. There’s nothing I can do that would make God indebted to me somehow, or that would warrant God waiting on my table. Or that God needs to thank me for something I’m doing to follow him.
The Opposite of Entitlement is Gratitude
I don’t follow Jesus because of what he can give to me now. I follow Jesus because of what he already gave me. My gratitude came first. My gratitude doesn’t become like I’m grateful. My Coke dropped out of the vending machine when I put a dollar in.
Entitled people, like I can be, can struggle when life gets hard and we don’t get our due. We don’t get what we think we deserve. The opposite of entitlement is gratitude. Grateful people are the way they are because they understand a crucial truth, that they are unworthy as servants of the greatest king. And could have never deserved to follow him.
Doing God’s work is not a chore if it’s done with a grateful heart. I love the verse you’ll see here in Psalm 84:
“I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of My God, than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.”
It would be better to hold the door, to wipe the shoes and the muck off people’s feet when they come in, as long as it’s happening in God’s house. I would rather do that, than have a mansion in the world, than have everything I could ever want, than to have reputation and fame and money and comfort and power and security and satisfaction.
If our perspective could follow his perspective and be like him, to be like Jesus, this passage, we would view it differently.
That second lens becomes our only lens. We will joyfully work all day in the field. And then we’ll come home and we’ll wait on that table. Because we know whose field we’re working in. We know who’s table we’re waiting on. We know whom we serve.
How, like Jesus, we will become if we can imitate this attitude of authentic humility? So the question really is, what are you filled with, gratitude or entitlement? What defines you? What would your friend say? Rather what would you say in a moment of brutal honesty about yourself?
If you sat with Jesus, what would he say to you? Do you have within you a spirit of unworthiness? I think it is so true that our perspective of God shapes everything about the way we view life.
And I don’t know this church incredibly well. I have an incredibly fond feeling about your staff. I am inspired and constantly following in your footsteps. I don’t know where you guys are at. Maybe the beauty of a guest preacher. I have no clue who is sitting there being like, whoa. And you’re sitting there saying, I’m nothing like this guy. I totally don’t connect with this. So you can take it on faith that if hits you in some way, I think it’s probably just true of a lot of us.
And it’s our battle to fight. We live in an entitled country and we’re told our whole lives that we’re worth something special. But you’re only meaningful because of God. And our posture before God needs to be one of complete humility and total devotion, because we’re only unworthy servants and we’ve only done our duty.