Friday, August 4
Slavery is just about as old as the human race. We tend to think of it as evil, which in its worst form, is. But there have been forms of it that would better be called indentured servants, entered into voluntarily and benefitting both parties. That may be the reason God doesn’t seem to oppose it. He does oppose the misuse of it. It’s interesting that slavery is used to depict our relationship to Christ. Before salvation we were under the bondage of sin; now we are slaves (servants) of God. Warren Wiersbe has a double take on this. In his book “On Being a Servant of God” he says (p. 37) “Slaves don’t have the privilege of saying “no.” And he says (p. 37) “I would rather have Jesus Christ as my Master than anyone I know.” And (p. 38) “God still gives His best to those who let Him write the contract.” A beatiful dichotomy! We enter into this relationship voluntarily, albeit by a work of grace. We agree to be servants of God because the benefits are overwhelmingly favorable. Eternal life in place of eternal death. Heaven rather that hell. We submit to a loving and gracious Master, infinitely superior to being ruled by Satan. So there is no reason why we should ever have to say “no.” This unilateral contract favors us beyond our comprehension. God gives; we receive. So how does the contract benefit God? It’s his pleasure and delight to make us happy. He covers all our failings, lovingly corrects us, gives us all we need to be good servants, and rewards us in the end, though we don’t deserve it. Can it get any better than that? As Jim Elliot said before being martyred by the Aucas, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” I’m OK with this kind of slavery.