Spiritual Discipline

Is He Your Master?

We are studying a word today that is seldom mentioned, because few people want to talk about the word "Master". It brings us to the discussion of slavery, and that is a term long discussed but seldom forgotten, as we look into the history of countries around the world. Some nations still have slaves (29.8 million-10/17/2013, Washington Post) and those countries live in great oppression. A slave's life is intent upon the will and wishes of another. If I am your slave, what you say goes. We think slavery as a practice of the past, but it still exists!

If a person is your master, then you are expected to do everything you've been told to do. If you were treated like a slave, would you be offended? The answer is "yes" for all of us. The exception would be those of us who understand the spiritual representation of what it means to be a slave to Christ. It is the one who serves Him and who has great significance for being HIS, serving HIM, being a bondservant to HIM. Mark 10:35-45

The word "servant" is the primary description given to men God used. Moses - Numbers 12:7; Paul - Romans 1:1; James - James 1:1; Simon Peter - 2 Peter 1:1; and Jude - Jude 1. The Son of God came in the form of a servant. Philippians 2:5-8 The term refers to one who has been bought and is owned. It is descriptive of all who have been saved. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 1 Corinthians 7:22-23, Galatians 2:20, Psalm 123:2

Putting others and their needs ahead of your own is what God honors; going about the Father's business without regard to earthly recognition or honor. We are simply bond-servants because they know the difference between prominence and significance. We are never more like God than when we serve as a slave, committed to doing what we are told, when we are told to do it. Serving doesn't make you a servant; but if you are a servant, you will serve. You serve for His Kingdom's sake, doing whatever He asks of you. Mark 10:35

Jesus started by discussing what they already knew: that in the order of things in earthly kingdoms, greatness was bestowed on the rulers and high officials. He then mentioned that in God's kingdom, it's entirely the opposite. Greatness is bestowed in and on the servant, a person who places their needs last. 1 Peter 2:16 A bond slave is bought by our Master. The true leader places his or her needs last, as Jesus exemplified in his life and death. We are redeemed by the blood of Christ. We are a tool, not the carpenter, but one who performs the work for the Master and is dependent on Him. Not only are we His possession, but all we have belongs to Him.

Remember that self-sufficiency creates false authority. God wants us to need so that He may provide. As a bond servant of Christ, we are emptied of self, and walk in deep humility before the Lord, faithfully obeying Him to the point of suffering hardship, humiliation, and even death, if required. Luke 1:38 One who has a deep and genuine concern for the welfare of others. Philippians 2:20-21 A Bondservant of Christ seeks to encourage, comfort and strengthen others, Colossians 4:7-8, and strives to do the will of his Master pleasing Him only and not seeking the praise of men. Galatians 1:10

A Bondservant of Christ does not promote or exalt self but promotes and exalts Christ as Lord of all, and views himself as a bond slave of others. 2 Corinthians 4:5 One who is not quarrelsome, but kind to all, able to teach, and be patient when wronged, gently correcting those who are in opposition. 2 Timothy 24-25 A believer who sees their life of service as a grateful, dutiful, and loving response to God and not something for which they expect to be thanked by their Master, but rather rewarded for their faithfulness. Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 6:5-8 Will you choose to set aside your sinful habits, putting the Lord first, and give God your best each day?

Heavenly Father, out of gratitude for what You have done for me, I commit to being Your bondservant; to being a slave to You my Master, Eternal Father, and Savior. Have Your way with me! I pray that You will fill me with Your Spirit to overflowing so that others may come to know the same grace and mercy that I know today. Thank You for allowing me to be Your child and one to whom I have the privilege of being a caretaker of this earth, Your great creation. It is also a privilege to take care of Your new created beings who come to know you as their Savior and Lord. I know that it is Your nature to serve, so the honor to serve is to be like You. I am in love with You and it is in the name of Jesus I pray, Amen! YES or NO

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