A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, and will share in the inheritance among brothers. Proverbs 17:2
Since Jesus tells us to be in the world but not of it, this promise is very helpful. Christians are not part of the world’s “family,” because we have been born again into the family of believers — not of the will of man but of the will of God, by means of the word of God and the Spirit of God. In all of our relationships with those outside the family of God, we are like the servants of this proverb. But this does not mean we are not to work for the good of those around us, even for “secular” institutions. Just as God commanded the exiled Jews, so he commands us: “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to The Eternal on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.” Wise living with respect to non-Christian authorities requires being involved, rather than being passive. Wise living involves doing what will bring honor and good to the institution, rather than ridicule, without bringing dishonor to God. Because of our confidence in Christ, we can do for others what we would like done to us. So we will be respected, and he will be honored. What could be wiser than that?
Lord Jesus, give me insight into what is truly beneficial to those I serve, and the love I need so I can serve whole-heartedly in your name. Amen.