John 13:12-17 (NLT)
12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. 16 I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. 17 Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.”
I was checking out some atheist blogs and am amazed at some of the things I read. Comments like “I don’t think your itinerant preacher thought he was who we say he is” and “Christ is a compilation of ancient myths and not a real person” show an absolute lack of understanding of the bible or ancient and recent historical facts. It’s like they just won’t listen to anything but what they believe.
Are we like that whether we’re believers or not? Have we gotten comfortable in our cadence and forgotten the baseline that Christ calls us to? Have we come to some buffett of practices that we’re comfortable with drawing on different things of the world and stepped away from the pure, difficult callings of Christ?
We need to remember that Christ called himself “Lord” and “Teacher”. Those words mean a lot to us in how we live our lives. Those words mean a lot to us in what we do with the resources He has given us to steward.
He never called himself “spiritual advisor” or “consultant”. Never.
Only Lord and Teacher.