Monday, December 8, 2014

Famulus (Matthew 10:24-33)

Good morning all,

The word of the day is “famulus.”  It seems that in today’s passage that Jesus had to remind the apostles that he would never ask them to do anything that he was not willing to do himself.  At this point Jesus had cast out a bunch of demons and fought some pretty difficult powers that were not of this world, yet the apostles did not necessarily believe him completely that they would be able to endure, or even follow him to the very end.  They were having a problem with obedience to God.  Luckily for them, Jesus was pretty lenient and understanding.

“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master.” ~Matt 10:24

My question is: are you willing to follow Jesus to the point of experiencing all of the stuff that he endured?  I think that the disciples had a pretty good wakeup call during today’s passage, and would soon find out that following Jesus would have some pretty stiff repercussions.  My prayer is that you fortify yourself with the word of God.  Invest time in others who have a like-minded understanding of what it means to become a little bit better every day.  Each of us has the unique opportunity to be a famulus, or servant, to the greatest of all teachers.  Take inventory today in your own understanding of what it means to be a complete and dedicated servant to Jesus.

Praying for you,


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