Intentional Servitude (Colossians 3:22)

22 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not just when they’re looking, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God.

There are people who think that slavery of any kind is just plain wrong. For reasons we may not like or understand, our God and Father did not tell Christian slave owners to free their slaves. He also didn’t tell men with more than one wife to get rid of all but one. He didn’t keep many saints from being imprisoned or brutally murdered either.

Let’s face it, most humans would have done exactly what our God and Father didn’t do. This is why it is well to remind ourselves that “God’s thoughts are not our thoughts; neither are His ways our ways, says Jehovah” (Isaiah 55:8).

Let us ignore the thinking of our evil, wicked, mean and sinful human nature on slavery and embrace the spiritual understanding of slavery as given to us by our God, Father and Lord Jesus.

If we are in human slavery, we are free in Christ. If we are human slave masters, We also have a master in Heaven (Colossians 4:1).

If we are to be true to our calling in Christ, we’re called to be servants / slaves for our Lord Jesus’ sake.

So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.

But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,

and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. (Mark 10:42-44)

Notice how worldly politicians refer to themselves as “servants of the people”, yet, their pay, benefits and overall standard of living is far above the people that they claim to serve. In this example, the servant / slave is better off than the master.

This is just another line of thinking that so-called Christian “servants / slaves / ministers” have adopted from the world. They call themselves “servants of the Lord”; they say that the Lord has called them to serve; yet, like the politicians of this world, their pay, benefits and overall standard of living is far above the people that they claim to serve.

It is these leaders who are actually being served with undying loyalty. They have convinced God’s children that this is what God meant when He said honor those who preach and teach. This is a mishandling of the Word of God.

 For even our Lord Jesus, came not to be served, but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)

So-called ‘men and women of God’ seem to want to do everything that our Lord Jesus did that showed the Power of God; except intentional servitude.

The Lord’s servant Paul could say: “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:11-13).

The Lord’s servant Timothy was told: “godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (1 Timothy 6:6-8).

Our Lord’s Holy Spirit does not give mixed messages. He does not cause confusion. If confusion or mixed messages exist (and they do), it is because our evil, wicked, mean and sinful human nature is causing it; not our God and Father.

Our clear instruction in these matters is to 5 Let our conduct be without covetousness; to be content with such things as we have. For our Lord Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say: “ The LORD is my helper; I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”
(Hebrews 13:5-6)

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, when will we learn to take our God and Father at His Word? If we are truly His servants and want to do only that which pleases Him, let us pray to Him and ask Him to fill us with: His knowledge; His Wisdom; and His Understanding in the things that pertain to this life and godliness. In Jesus Name.

Think over these things I am saying; understand them and grasp their application, for the Lord will grant you full insight and understanding in everything. (2 Timothy 2:7)

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