PRECEDENCE

 

Hi! I'm colonel Order, chief of the Royal Security Monitoring Unit. I come straight from important negotiations, where we handled Great King's concern about the state of his administrative units in different parts of His kingdom. He has in various ways brought into the mind of his citizens, that His kingdom is not of this world: "Jesus answered, 'My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here." (John 18:36) Because His kingdom is not of this world, His administration isn't either. Unfortunately these ideas haven't reached the ears of all public servants, or they have forgotten them. Secular attitude concerning administration by a public servant, have been written down in King's Book: "I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds, which he does, prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church." (3 John 1:9-10) This kind of act degrades the administrative model set by the King, and His noble character, and we must intervene.

 

I remind you how the King mentored His first students about the correct precedence: "But Jesus called them to Himself and said, 'You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord if over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." (Matt. 20:25-28) As you can take notice of this text, the Kind hasn't any work for bosses, but only for servants in the service industry. Of course it's allowed to become great or first among brethren, but these kind of posts are filled with those who are willing to become servants, or even outright slaves. This kind of administrative model is so contrary compared with the secular one. The precedence is upside down, and so totally strange to this visible world.

 

If a public servant is yearning for education, he surely has opportunity for that. Opportunity for further education is always available, but only those who have inner readiness, are allowed. This inner readiness we call repentance. To them we have permission from the King to open the doors to the classrooms. This kind of students are ready to domiciliate King's own character, and thereby the attitude that is necessary for taking care of the office: "Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for you souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matt. 11:29-30) The most beautiful and loftiest example of the willingness to serve comes from the King Himself. He, who came from the glory to the earth, gave us the utmost role model for us all to follow. He, who doesn't want to follow this role model, his payday is very uncertain. But for you, who receive this letter, we believe the very best, and you'll get the full reward.

 

"Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had to come from God and was going to God, rose from the supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, ' Lord, are You washing my feet?' Jesus answered and said to him, 'What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.' Peter said to Him, 'You shall never wash my feet!' Jesus answered him, 'If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.' Simon Peter said to Him, ' lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!' Jesus said to him, 'Who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.' For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, 'You are not all clean.' Se when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, 'Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you." (John 13:1-15)

 

With greetings of precedence
J. P.

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