The FRIEND WE FEAR….Are you His Slave or Servant ?
Where has all the time gone?
If your family had an hourglass you could watch time literally disappear as the grains of sand moved from the top portion into the basin that collected the grains of time.
In a sense it was you who controlled time. The power was in your hands. An awesome thought is it not? You controlling the amount of time you have to live?
In the days prior to the Holy Spirits indwelling me I would have used the time for me. Because back then it was all about me. But today I want to extend time because it’s all about HIM.
I have come to the understanding of what it means to respond to The Lord when He said “Come-Follow Me”.
You see Jesus is The Sovereign LORD. The term used in Greek is Kurios. It means someone who has power, and ownership and an unquestionable right to command us.
We like to refer to ourselves as friend and servants of the Lord but that is really not so. The term servant appears throughout the English translations of the Bible. But in fact the word most often used in Greek is Dulas. Dulas is not a servant; it means you are HIS Slave.
We are no longer our own for He bought us with His own blood. We speak of Him as a friend, someone we have a personal relationship with. But we are not truly His friend but His Slave. We are not here to live for our purposes but for His purpose alone.
It was not by our choosing that we came to follow HIM. It was He who chose us. Each of us that know Him was chosen in Eternity past by Him before the foundations of the world were formed.
We are subject to His will and control, we are totally dependent on Him for everything, and we will ultimately be called to account for everything we did for Jesus as we lived our life for Jesus.
It is Jesus who will evaluate our lives and then either chasten us or reward us. We are His and we are His Slaves.
So what is my life truly about?
My life is about Jesus and the time He has given me to serve as His slave.
What is it Jesus wants of me during this time I have been given? This time that I can see moving before my eyes as the grains of time funnel through the narrow way of the hourglass collecting in the basin.
Jesus wants me to focus only on His Great Commission. To be part of His plan to save people from themselves as they walk blindly through this life to the edge of a cliff overlooking the abyss. The abyss is a place that God created not for man, but for the devil and his fallen angel followers.
How serious is this call on your life? Have you really thought it through? Have you counted the cost of becoming not a disciple, not a servant… but a SLAVE?
Are you a broken person sick of even your smallest sins? Do you understand your helpless situation, as you will someday be called to stand before a Holy God?
Are you willing to forsake everything in your life and re-prioritize everything to accommodate Jesus Will for your life?
His demands are that of The Lord (Kurios) to a slave (Dulas)…the only response possible from a slave is that of obedience. In Luke 6:46 Jesus said…”Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and not do the things which I say?”
It is through OBEDIENCE that a true slave shows their love for their master. And in response the MASTER will show His Love for His Slave. To be His disciple means He comes before your family, friends, personal plans, ambitions, and everything else that you want in this world.
You do not serve a friend; you are the slave of the Lord. His authority over you is non-negotiable. He is Sovereign.
When you understand this relationship between you and your Lord, then He is your friend and He grants you the privilege of being His servant.
When this happens your hearts cry will be …May the end of my days be greater than their beginning as I serve The Living Son of God. Your passion and your joy will be to keep turning over the hourglass so you can gain more time here to serve HIM.
Because in the end of our time here each one of us wants to hear Jesus say…“Well done, my good and faithful Servant.”
Then what was once lost will be found…it’s you. For in HIM you will find yourself. You began in His mind and you will continue to be on His mind forever.
And so the Friend that we most feared in the beginning of our relationship will acknowledge us as a brother who loves each of us with a love greater than we can ever know…because we have become part of HIS new eternal family.
A family that is truly all for one and one for all!