Let THIS Mind be in You

But if the servant plainly says, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free; Then his master shall bring him to God and shall bring him to the door or to the doorpost, and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him forever. Exodus 21:5-6

Romans 1:1~ Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus…

Philippians 1:1~ Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus…

Colossians 1:7~…Epaphras, our beloved fellow slave…

Colossians 4:7~ …Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow slave…

Titus 1:1~ Paul, a slave of God…

James 1:1~ James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ…

2Peter 1:1~ Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ…

Jude 1~ Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ…

Revelation 1:1~ The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave to Him to show to His slaves…sending it by His angel to HIs slave John…

Revelation 15:3~ …They sing the song of Moses, the slave of God…

Revelation 22:3~ And there will no longer be a curse. And the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His slaves will serve Him.

If I were to write down all the instances of the use of the word “slave” just in the New Testament in reference to the believers this blog post would get to be just a little too long. But, just take a look at the above verses. The same mind dwelt in these saints as dwelt in the Lord Jesus Himself. Paul write to us that we should “let this mind be in us.” This mind is the mind of Christ as a slave of God. The mind that was willing to forego HIs magnificent, glorious form of God to take on the lowliest form, that of a slave. The mind that girded Himself and washed the feet of the disciples. The mind that was obedient unto the horrendous death of the cross. He did this because He has both the spirit, love, and obedience of a slave.

But, how do we let this mind be in us? How do we humble ourselves? How do we consider others more excellent than ourselves? How to we give ourselves to be sacrificed for others? First by letting Him serve us. Luke 12:37 states: Blessed are those slaves whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Truly I tell you that he will gird himself and will have them recline at table, and he will come to them and serve them. This is the kingdom! To live the kingdom life, we must first allow the Lord to serve us with Himself as our portion so that in turn we would become those who “wash one another’s feet” that is through the water in the word and the ministry wash away all the hinderances to the fellowship.

One particular aspect of the Slave of God that I especially appreciated was the matter of the ear being bored through with an awl. This typifies that a slave’s ear is open to hearing his master’s speaking. Too often we hear only what appeals to us or hear things that were not said. However, what we need is to have an open hear that we would hear the Lord’s speaking to us without our subjectivity and preference interfering. I recall the story of Samuel in the Old Testament. When he was still only a boy, he heard God’s speaking in the night. He didn’t realize God was speaking to him at first. However, Eli realized it and told Samuel to respond: “Speak for your servant is listening.” May we also have this listening ear a slave. May we pray, “Lord, speak whatever you want to me. Lord do whatever is in your heart concerning me. Whatever it is, oh Lord, do that. Don’t let me have my preference. Don’t let me hinder Your speaking!”

If we would allow the Lord to make us His slaves, and reproduce His life in us, what a glorious wonderful church life we would have. In fact, God’s purpose would be carried out in us because for this what we need is to have the spirit, love, and obedience of a slave. Saints, just let this mind be in you.

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