So last Sunday, we had a little bit of a different service to usual. I think the word for it is spontaneous
. I absolutely loved it though I think there were one or two in the congregation who were not quite prepared for the deacon to change the order of service quite so dramatically. None of this stopped Darren from delivering one of the best sermons I have heard in a while. In fact, he made Exodus so applicable that I have decided to share it with you all today.
The passage in question talks about the law as it applied to Hebrews who sold themselves into servitude. After six years of servitude, the master is to set the servant free in the seventh year. However, if the servant decides that he wants to stay with his master, he can. But, if he decides to do so,
“Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever.”
Why, I hear you ask, is that so applicable to the Christian life? Well, just as the servant permanently marked himself out of love for his master, so we are asked to make that choice as well. Do we choose to stay with Jesus, our master, and permanently mark ourselves as His slaves? Or do we walk away “free” and leave un-scarred?
My turn to ‘bore my ear to the door’ was during my bachelor degree when I had to choose between my boyfriend and my faith. I chose to walk away from my relationship, marking myself out as someone willing to serve God. It has left its scars but I know who I serve. Sometimes I feel like I serve this blog, sometimes like I serve my volunteering, sometimes like I serve my dreams. Yet all I have to do is touch my scar, where the aul went through me, and I remember the choice I made. And that choice was best one I ever made.
My question to you is, have you made your choice? Have you bored your head to the door? Because- I hate to say this- you will serve a master. Whether that master is the man who died for you or your sin, the choice is yours. Choose wisely, for it will affect the rest of your life.
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