Thursday, October 04, 2012

Do you love The Master?


Slavery is a cruel system. But, in earlier times and in some cultures, slaves were well taken care of.  The slaves were poor; they had very little, if anything.  Masters on the other hand needed a loyal work force so they took good care of their slaves.  American slavery was for the most part cruel.  Almost all were taken into slavery against their will.  Order and loyalty to the master was enforced with barbarism and violence.

Jesus says in Matthew 20:25-27, “Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave

Words like slave and servant may rankle some of us.  We like our freedom to do our own thing when we want it, how we want it, we want our own way.  Does the word Master (Jesus) –word- make you uneasy?

Jeremiah writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit says, “I know, O LORD, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.  Correct me, LORD, but only with justice-- not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing.  Jeremiah 10:23-24.

Our life is not our own.  The quicker we learn that in life, the easier life will be.

Exodus 21:5-6 says "But if the servant declares, 'I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,' 6 then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.” (Some translations render servant  slave.)

Slave by choice?  The slave wanted to remain a slave and not go free.  Why?  Notice verse 5 says “But if the servant declares, 'I love my master!”  Yes, we will become willing servants or slaves only when we “love our Master.”  We are the slaves; Jesus is the Master.  Are you willing to become a slave for life?  A slave by choice?

The question to ask is, “Do I truly love my Master or are we just playing games?”

Love the Master!  Do His will. 

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