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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Love, Betrothal, and Marriage

“The subject of the entire Bible, the content of God’s economy, and the secret of the entire universe are the divine romance between God and His chosen and redeemed people.”

The Bible is a romance, God is a courting God, and we must have a responsive, personal, private, intimate, affectionate , deep, tender, all-consuming, loving relationship with the Lord. He must be our unique Beloved. He must have our best and first love. We must be absolutely for Him alone.

The law was God’s engagement covenant with His chosen people. Through His enacting of it, He betrothed us to Himself, separated us from all others.

God loves us not for who we are, or what we do. God simply loves us without reason. What God is seeking are those “crazy,” “blind,” lovers who are willing to simply tell Him, “Lord Jesus, I love You” a thousand times a day.

In a nutshell, that was the message.

Personally, I know I love the Lord. However, I don’t think it is all that much different than how I love my family, or my dog, or to lay around in a hammock under the shade of a mulberry tree on a beautiful sunshiny spring day and read a book.

This message was exposing. God does not seek such blasé lovers. God’s love toward us is real, burning, jealous. He loves us as a Husband loves his wife. Maybe we’ve become too jaded about this as well. Or quite possibly I just don’t understand it, but I was encouraged that I just need to open to the Lord and pray:

“Lord, in these days, rekindle my love for You.”

God, Romance, Dating, and Marriage

There seems to be a yearning within the heart of every person living on this earth to find that one unique “other” that will make their life happy, worth living, and give themselves completely to them. At times, to be honest with you, love, romance, marriage, seems to be the one topic in everyone’s mind and on everyone’s lips.

Seems the feeling, desire, yearning is a mirror reflection of the desire hidden in the heart of God. This might be an odd thought, isn’t it worshippers that God seeks for? Isn’t it a contingent of mindless followers denying their own desires and hopes and dreams and instead working to be good, ethical, morally superior people helping others to become the same, that He is after?

Actually, No. Take the time to look at the following verses carefully: Genesis 2:21-24, Song of Songs 1:2-4, Isaiah 54:4 and 62:5, Jeremiah 2:2; 3:1, 14; and 31:32, Ezequiel 16:8 and 23:5, Hosea 2:7 and 19, Matthew 9:15, John 3:29, 2 Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 5:25 through 32, Revelation 19:7; 21:2, 9-10; and 22:17.

Don’t you see?

The entire Bible is a divine romance, showing that throughout the centuries God has had a romance with man; thus, the Bible is a record of how God courts His chosen people and eventually marries them.

I have to admit, I am deficient in the seeing. This intention and desire in God’s heart is not reflected in my heart. I think I still have a skewed hollywoodesque view of love, romance, and marriage. When I hear things like: “…our relationship with the Lord should be very romantic; if there is no romance between us and the Lord Jesus, then we are religious Christians, not romantic Christians.” My entire being rebels because I don’t want to be the latter but the former just brings to mind ridiculous visions of love at first sight, chocolate, red roses, and broken promises.

Well, where does that leave me? Our brother shared two things that come to mind, first, our heart needs to be touched and second, he said he told the Lord, how do I have this relationship with you? It is unfair, first of all, I can’t see You!

So, this morning, I just told the Lord, I don’t see any of this, I don’t particularly care about Your desire and intention, in fact, it seems pretty ridiculous to me, but I just want to be open to being touched, to be drawn into this divine romance.