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We Are Unworthy Slaves

July 4, 2015

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We Are  Unworthy Slaves

Political correctness  has robbed many Christians  of their understanding  of the scriptures  —  and in some cases,  maybe the Christian  hasn’t studied  God’s word  well enough yet.     Because the Bible  has many references  to slavery  of various kinds,  it is good  to try  to gain  an understanding.     To view them,  one could go to  http://www.blueletterbible.org/  or your favorite Bible study site,  and type in the search words  like  slaveslavesslaverybondslavebondservant.     Different translations will probably use one  of these forms  of a Hebrew or Greek word referring  to anyone  who is  in the position  of serving others.     These words might also be used  as a figure  of speech  in comparing one’s free life  to that  of a devoted,  loving slave.

I’m mentioning this because  a young woman blogger  recently referred  to herself as God’s  “servant,  His slave,  His daughter,  His beloved”.     A commenter  was rather upset  over the term,  “His slave”.     She claimed Christians are not  “His slaves”  because they are not forced  to follow  or serve Him.

True,  we are not  forced  to follow  or serve Him”.     But,  in love  and devotion,  many of God’s children  have referred  to themselves  as God’s slaves.     That list could include Moses,  David,  Isaiah,  Jeremiah,  Mary,  Peter,  Paul,  James,  etc.     The list is long.

When Jesus taught  His disciples  about the necessity  of their obedience  to God,  He told a parable  and said  in Luke 17:10,

So you too,  when you do  all the things  which are commanded you,  say,  “We are unworthy slaves;  we have done only that  which we ought  to have done.”

God deserves our all  in truth  because of His great love  for us.     God Himself  is not ashamed  to say outright  that He has been as a slave  to us.     Philippians 2:7  describes Jesus  as one who,

… emptied Himself,  taking the form  of a bond-servant,  and being made  in the likeness  of men.

Jesus was not forced  to suffer  and die  for us.     His love led Him  to be as the LORD’s “bond-servant”  —  slave.     As God has served us  in love,  so we ought  to serve Him  as a devoted slave.

Knowing the joy  of serving the LORD of lords,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for allowing us  the privilege  of serving You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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