I am in the Steens Mts archery hunting for deer and elk. So one of my many titles in life is “hunter,” I am a hunter. I don’t usually kill anything when I go hunting, but I am still a hunter. I own several guns, a number of bows, camping gear, and I buy a hunting license every year. I am a hunter! I also am a fisherman, and I actually catch fish! I am a husband. I am a father. I am a grandfather. I am a pastor, and I am many other positive, and good things.
Paul who wrote most of the New Testament said, “I am an Apostle of Jesus Christ.” He also said, “I am a bond-servant of Jesus Christ.” The requirements to be a hunter are pretty simple and few. It entails mostly spending money on stuff hunters own and then going hunting, simple, you are in the club.
Being a bond-servant of Jesus is much more demanding. Very few Christians are servants of Jesus, most Christians don’t even care if they are or aren’t. But even if they did aspire to being a servant of Jesus they probably wouldn’t meet the requirments. Jesus is the one who set the requirements, and He is the one who decides if you are worthy of being called His servant.
Our salvation is free, not earned; no one is worthy of going to heaven apart from Christ’s worthiness. But just because we are not worthy of heaven doesn’t mean we are not worthy of other things. We can’t be good enough to earn heaven, but that doesn’t make us worthless or good for nothing. If you are going to be a servant of Jesus you must first be worthy of the title.
Ephesians 4:1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,
Philippians 1:27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
Colossians 1:10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
2 Thessalonians 1:5 This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering.
What are the qualifications for being considered a worthy disciple of Jesus? Good question! Tomorrow.