According to Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright, "When a man loves a woman, Can't keep his mind on nothin' else, He'd trade the world For a good thing he's found." (Do yourself a favor and...
According to Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright, "When a man loves a woman, Can't keep his mind on nothin' else, He'd trade the world For a good thing he's found." (Do yourself a favor and listen to Percy Sledge sing the song correctly here, and don't let Michael Bolton ruin it for you.)
According to the Apostle Paul, when a man loves a Savior, "Can't keep his earlobe from being pierced by an awl, because of the good Master he has found." (See here if you want the original lyrics Paul likely borrowed from).
Because of the tragic institution of race-based slavery (which is NOT what the Bible is talking about when the word slave is used—listen to this RealTruthRealQuick), we have an appropriate aversion to the word slave and might even find ourselves hesitant to use the word. But Paul had no such aversion, and, when it comes to our relationship to Christ, neither should we. The truth is, everyone one of us is serving something or someone (even if that someone is ourselves); and if the someone that we are serving is NOT the gracious, humble-hearted, easy-yoke, gentle King of the world, we are only hurting ourselves. BUT if our Master ALWAYS has our best interest in mind and NEVER asks us to do anything except the things that bless us and increase the glory associated with our name, who wouldn't want to be subject to His rule.
As in all things, we see Jesus perfectly model for us what it means to love a master. Jesus didn't have His "ear" pierced on a wooden door as a model of humility and submission; rather, He shed His blood on a wooden cross, and He had His hands, feet, and side (not to mention His heart) pierced as an expression of love and devotion to the Father.
May our journey in the Word together daily encourage us to follow in the steps of Jesus and His servant Paul in gladly surrendering our lives to our perfect heavenly Master and King.