No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24 NASB)
While we are on the topic of servant-hood (see Friday’s post) I want to bring the surface a definition many miss.
Much is said in the Word about the righteous and the wicked. Proverbs contrasts the two on a regular basis. So how can you distinguish between the righteous and the wicked.
There is a clue in Malachi (the Italian prophet.) Check out this verse:
Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name. “And they will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him. (Malachi 3:16-18 NASB)
Notice a couple things: First, a man’s son serves him. This amplifies what I said yesterday about the place of a servant being augmented, not replaced, by sonship.
Next see that the way to distinguish between the righteous and the wicked is to look their service. Those the Bible calls wicked are not wicked by virtue of their evil deeds, but by lack of service toward God.
Can you let that sink in a bit.
Christianity is a life of servant-hood – not slavery mind you. The word in the Greek is doulos and usually implies a servant by choice. One who has returned to serve a master from a position of freedom.
The best modern-day example of this that I can think of is the Moravian missionaries who sold themselves into slavery to bring the gospel to an island of slaves. You can read about it here: Moravian Missionaries
As you move into a more intimate relationship with Father God, don’t forsake the privilege of serving Him.