PRIVILEGED POSITION INDEED!
They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and by your strong hand. —Nehemiah 1:10
Nehemiah spoke of the Jews at that time. But it is also true of anyone who is following Jesus today. Nehemiah said the Jews of that time were God’s servants. Jesus said of us that “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35). As servants we need to have a proper perspective on who we are and Who our Lord is—
“Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the 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.’ ” —Luke 17:7-10
Yes, we are called to be servants. There was nothing in us that made us worthy for Jesus to make us His servants. He has done all this through His mercy and grace. Now servants are to serve. How are you serving? The greatest among the servants will be a servant that is willing to serve anybody and everybody. What kind of a servant am I? What kind of a servant are you?
Just as the Jews were God’s people, so is everyone who follows Jesus.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” —John 10:27-30
Just as He redeemed the Jews, so He has redeemed us.
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. —I Peter 1:18-21
God’s power and strong hand impacted the Jews then and also impacts us who believe today.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. —I Peter 1:3-5
Again… “No one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
We are most fortunate… eternally fortunate! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx9-LkuVWt4
Dear Father I am overjoyed with Who You are and all that You have done for me in Jesus. Out of gratitude may I live as You want me to live and do so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus, Your Son!