A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, and will share in the inheritance among brothers. Proverbs 17:2
This promise is very helpful for following Jesus’ instruction to be in the world but not of it. Christians are not part of the world’s “family,” because we have been born again into the family of believers—not by our own initiative but by God’s; and 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. This means we would be wise 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 Yahweh 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 of readily available grace from Christ, we can do for others what we would like done to us. By doing good in this way, we will effectively extend his grace in a weary world and bring honor to the One who supplied it. No regrets! 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 wholeheartedly in your name.