The servant should not be above his Master
The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household! “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known... Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. Matthew 10:24-26, 32-33
One of the things that Jesus did while He was here on earth was to demonstrate what life of servanthood was all about. He followed the Father’s agenda in His life and did not pursue seeking initiative on His own. All His activities were done in obedience to the Father. “The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner” (John 5:19). It is always the Master that will set what the servant should do. The servant has to be obedient to His Master. One of the greatest ways Jesus set an example of servanthood is through His suffering. He perfected obedience through His suffering. “Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). This is why believers should anticipate that suffering will be a part of their spiritual growth. This is what Jesus was instructing His disciples from the text. He told them that the Son of God will undergo incredible sufferings in the hands of corrupt people. Then He told them that Him being their Master has to endure such treatment, His followers will experience the same. They do not have an option to give up and compromise but instead to remain faithful even in the midst of suffering. There will be times that it will be convenient to take the route of denying your allegiance to God because of the persecution you are dealing with. It will be easy to just go along with the pressure and not stand up for what you know God wants you to do. But be reminded that if you claim you are a follower of Christ, your allegiance belongs to God. He commanded you to acknowledge Him and not disown Him. Realize that you have to remain faithful even in the midst of suffering because this is how you grow in your obedience to God. “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance” (Romans 5:3).