And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? ~~ Genesis 15:2 (KJV)
This “Lord” is the first usage in scripture of the word Adonai. It comes from a root meaning master, but it is the emphatic form of that root. It’s like printing it in bold print all caps. MASTER.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. ~~ Matthew 6:24 (KjV)
So we get to choose. Who will we serve? Do we serve ourselves in the flesh, eating, drinking and making merry? Or do we serve the Lord, listening for His voice, obeying His commandments?
Don’t misunderstand me here. When we choose to serve God, we have just enlisted in His army. There is an enemy who will be only too glad to throw everything he can at us. He’ll drag out the big guns, hoping to discourage us or stop us in our tracks.
But we have read the book and have it on good authority, God’s own words:
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. ~~ Isaiah 45:22- 24 (KJV)
Every knee includes the knees of the enemy, the knees of the unbeliever, the knees of the believers – all of them. In the end, everyone will know the truth and feel the power of God. They will have to acknowledge His Mastery over the universe.
Jesus queried the disciples about His identity.
He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. ~~ Matthew 16:15-17
I have long contended that God must either laugh or weep over our sectarian differences, that this question Jesus asked of the disciples is the only one that makes any difference.
Our answer should be “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God, and the Master of my life.” If this is your answer to that question, it makes no difference which church you attend, which discipline you espouse.
Those who answer that question in this way are all brothers and sisters, members of the same family. As such, what touches one of us, touches all of us.
None of us is truly alone – ever.
Help us to see that with You as the Master of our lives, we can be assured that our obedience is all You ask. We thank You that You have given us many siblings in Your family to come along side to comfort, uphold, rebuke, correct, and just plain love us. Keep us ever mindful of Your generosity in granting us the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, as our most intimate guide and friend.
In Jesus’ most precious name,