by Heather Tietz
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn’t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you.
In the late 1800s, servitude was still common in royal England. Servants remained at a distance from their master’s personal business. But in 1887 a unique relationship developed between a servant and a royal employer.
Abdul Karim was originally hired to serve those in the royal household of England. At first, he simply waited on Queen Victoria at meals. However, the elderly queen was very taken with him. She quickly appointed him her personal secretary, gave him an English education and took him along on her travels. Then, before her death, she arranged land to be set aside for him in his retirement, a privilege only given to especially honored soldiers or family.
When we signed up to be Jesus followers we offered our hands and feet, our mouths and ears to God. He’s our master. We admire Him. We obey Him. We trust Him. We sought to please Him.
Somehow, our Great Master, has a fondness for us. He had obedient servant long before we were created; the angels praise Him and do His bidding, but He found something special in human beings. He’s brought us closer than any of His creation.
He has offered us, He has offered you, a place in His royal family.