"According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." - Philippians 1:20-21
Wielding a hammer, the master firmly struck the awl through the soft flesh and into the door post. The servant bravely suppressed a scream that tried to escape his mouth as pain seared through his ear lobe. But he was not afraid or distressed by the situation. No, he was full of joy and pride because of the significance of the moment. This man just made the transition from a servant to a bondservant. He would never be free again, and he had no rights, but he was happy. He was happy because he had chosen to be compelled to serve his master…for the rest of his life.
On Monday night during Faith’s SMF (Student Missionary Fellowship) prayer band, I was challenged with the idea of being a bondservant. It wasn’t the first time I had heard a message or devotional on the topic, and I was already familiar with the ancient practice of piercing a bondservant’s ear to signify his choice to continue serving his master, but I had never thought about the significance of a bondservant not having any rights. Mr. Roger McNamara, a missionary with Baptist Mid Missions, spoke to us about the importance of giving up our rights. I can’t remember exactly, but I think he referred to the text of Scripture that gives the account of James’ and John’s mother asking Jesus to let her sons sit on either side of Him in heaven (Mark 10:35-45; Matthew 10:20-28). He challenged us to give up our rights as servants of Jesus Christ. That is a sign of true greatness.
Paul was one of the greatest men in the New Testament. But why was he so great? He knew who he was and what God required of him. Paul declared himself a servant of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:1; Galatians 1:10;
The subtitle of my website is “Serving the God I Love.” This blog willl hopefully be another way I can do that through the tool of writing. Just as an instrument is capable of playing more than one melody or emitting more than one style of music, I want to “play” more than one melody for Christ, and my love for writing is just another style of music that I want to use for Christ.
The sub-purposes of this blog are several. I want to use it to communicate my beliefs and convictions in a biblical manner as a resource for others who want to know my stand on different issues. Secondly, I want to use it as a personal method of learning, recalling things that I learn each week in school, church, and ministry so that the concepts I am taught will be further ingrained in my mind. Finally, I want this blog to be an avenue by which my family, friends, and church can stay up-to-date on what God is teaching me and doing in my life. If you are one of those people, thank you for your prayers and frequent words of encouragement.
May God be glorified through this blog, and I pray that others will also be challenged and encouraged through it.