“But if the slave plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife and my children; I will not go out as a free man,’ then his master shall bring him to God, then he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him permanently.”
Exodus 21:5-6 NASB
“But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes
Indeed you’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody”… Bob Dylan
Regardless of where you stand with Jesus, you will serve. People like to think they have autonomy as they go through life. In reality we are all enslaved, to our appetites, our habits, to our hang ups, our pasts.
I was enslaved to sin in so many ways. I fooled myself into thinking that I was really free, doing the things that I chose, things that I could quit doing at anytime. My bad choices left me with a past that polluted my present and threatened my future.
In reality I was a slave to a master that cared little for my well being, even less for my soul. I yielded my money, my time, and my reputation to my insatiable slavedriver. For my trouble I was bound with invisible chains that limited my freedom and distorted my vision.
Then Jesus came into my life. There was a drastic change in me as Holy Spirit power began to transform me. As I grew, I sought to be closer and closer to Him. I learned to trust and began to yield my freedom to His authority. I had a new master, one that cared for me, loved me deeply, and wanted to spend eternity with me.
In Christ we have liberty. I have the choice day by day to do what I choose. I choose to follow Jesus. Like in the example above, I have declared my love for my Master, placed my ear against the door in a spiritual sense and I have been pierced. I am His, for all eternity.
I still have choices. In my darker days I sometimes find myself yearning for the “leeks and melons” of that past master. I am quickly reminded of the hardship and humiliation that I endured, then I quickly turn my mind back to Jesus.
I am reminded of the destruction I could have had by the life examples of others who remained on the satanic plantation. There is great damage. For me in Christ there is great peace.
I live life as a bondservant of the Most High God. My life is not my own, my will is increasingly His and I live to serve Him everyday. I only wish I had surrendered sooner.
“If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.””
Joshua 24:15 NASB