The disciple of Jesus Christ is to walk as Jesus walked and to do as Jesus did. In His earthly ministry, Jesus yielded to the Father. If you were to have asked Jesus, “Lord why did you come? What is your objective? What are you doing here?” His response may very well have been, “I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.” (Jn. 6:38) Think about this for a moment. If the Son of God (God in the flesh, truly God and truly man, the God-man) while on earth walked each day intentionally following the Law, where does that put us?
I’m reminded of a story Jesus told. “Will any one of you,” Jesus asks, “who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? 8 Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? 9 Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? 10 So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’” (Lk. 17:7-10) We are, according to Jesus Christ, “unprofitable servants.” We earn nothing. We merit nothing. When we obey God we are simply doing what’s expected of us as servants.
There’s a sense in which even Jesus was an “unprofitable servant.” Now someone may take issue and say, “No way, Jesus was God. His situation was different from our situation.” Was it? Was the requirement of Jesus Christ to obey the Law of God any different than our obligation to obey the Law of God? Jesus was a human being, a man living under the Mosaic Law, just like every other Jew. He lived His life under the Law and was subject to the Law just like everyone else. And when He did everything, even perfectly, He simply did what He was required to do. Yes, even Jesus was an “unprofitable servant.” However, the key distinction between He and us is that He did such perfectly!
Friend, one of the marks of a true disciple is obedience. It was Jesus who said, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.” (Jn. 8:31) May God help us to be that person!