Let the leaders among you be servants, for … I am among you as the one who serves. And you are those who have stood by me in my trials. So just as my Father has granted me a kingdom, I grant you that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom. Luke 22:27–30
Some aspects of this promise are true only for these apostles. They were with him when the crowds in Nazareth tried to throw him over the cliff. They were with him when the multitude forcefully tried to make him king. They were with him when the temple officials tried to trap him as he taught. Yet another apostle tells us that we, today, are fellow heirs with Christ, if we suffer with him as they did. There is a sense in which these specific men are promised a unique place in the administration of the age to come. Yet, we too should be motivated by the promise of close fellowship with Christ, the King. The emotional satisfaction of power and prestige in this life is nothing compared to the delightful camaraderie we will experience in Jesus’ presence as we experience life under his rule. He will still be among us as one who serves—as the God who works for those who wait for him—and we will be with him, still serving his people, prized and praised by the One we love.
Lord Jesus, I do want to feast with you and enjoy your reign. Cause me to hold fast to this promise so I can serve graciously in the name of the King of Kings. Amen.