In no way was Jesus what people would expect God's son to be. In no way did Jesus act as people would expect God's son to act. Think of the significance of being God's son! But he was not at all what one would expect. He was different in perspective and attitude. He was different in heart and thinking. He was different in personal bearing and self concept. He was different in the way he related to God and to people. A human would expect God's son to think and behave as royalty. A human would not expect God's son to think and behave as an humble servant.
Christians are God's servants. Christians create, sustain, and nurture relationships. Only people whose minds and hearts are directed and controlled by God are committed to relationships. God's servants are committed to relationships because their God is committed to relationships. People ruled by God relate differently to all other people.
Christians do not feel, think, or behave as do people who do not belong to God. Christians have different values, different standards, different interests, a different focus, and a different life purpose. In many situations and circumstances, Christians do not "fit" in their culture or society.
Why? As God's servants, they are ruled and directed by the Lord who was a servant. This servant became the Master in heaven and on earth. They are a kingdom of servants who are ruled by the Lord who was a servant.
They are not "different" for "difference sake." The differences are not artificial. The differences are not manufactured. The differences are not a facade that they wear. They are servants who willingly surrender themselves to God's desires and purposes. To them, the eternal reality is more important than the physical reality. They keep their eyes on Jesus so Jesus can teach them how to open their eyes toward God.
The Lord who was a servant rules the minds and hearts of these people because they belong to him. He ransomed them. He purchased them with his own blood. He redeemed them. He gave his life to satisfy justice. He paid the full price of the consequences of their mistakes.
Christians exist as God's kingdom, citizens under God's rule, to be God's servants.
The path to greatness in God's kingdom is traveled by the believer who serves. God's kingdom is composed of unassuming people who serve. In God's kingdom people lead by humble example, not through authority. In God's kingdom, faith is in God's power, not human ability.
Link to Teacher's Guide Quarter 2, Lesson 3
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