In July 1775, General Washington arrived in Boston to assume command of the American army. He faced shocking shortcomings of arms and ammunition. But nothing so nettling as the prickly personalities of his subordinates. And nothing so irritated them as his difficulty in distinguishing officers from privates. It also disturbed him that the officers exercised the egalitarian habits in military life that they had learned in civilian life. Flexner, Life of Washington I, p. 30
Jesus had no trouble distinguishing his disciples—one from the other, the more gifted from the lesser, the positive personality from the more pessimistic one. First of all, he knew that none by himself could be equal to his demands. That’s why he made discipleship, like salvation, by GRACE alone. Second, whatever their intentions, he knew he had to empower them to reach his aspirations for them. And, while he used disciples differently, as he knew they could best serve, he never valued one conscientious service over another. Great or small, privately or publicly viewed, he recognized every disciple’s servanthood.
As the song says, that’s why “we love him and that’s why we sing. And that’s why we offer him our everything”. And that’s why we do whatever he commands or expects with few comments or complaints. He knows us each by name and values a child’s lisping his name as much as an adult’s adoration in song.