Devote

O LORD, I am your servant; yes, I am your servant, born into your household; you have freed me from my chains. (Psalm 116:16, NLT)

In our society, I fear we have almost totally lost touch with the concept of a servant.

People are smart aleck to their bosses, they are smart aleck to police officers, they are even sometimes smart aleck to judges.  People are smart aleck to the government, even the President (if not said directly to the President, to someone else).  People are even smart aleck about pastors.  Kids are smart aleck to teachers and parents and grandparents.

We’ve lost the thought of devotion.

With devotion comes loyalty . . . respect . . . humility . . . trust . . . and even a word dreaded in our society: submission.

Years ago, I began watching martial arts films.  I remember an inside ‘gasping’ feeling at how a student would devote to the master.

Devote.  Devotion isn’t about just willingness.  Devotion is following.  Following even if the way isn’t clear.  Following even if the way isn’t fun.  Following even if it doesn’t seem like there is a way.

In watching movies about martial arts, you will often see a student going through brutal, grueling, thankless, and humbling training . . . because of the trust, respect, and loyalty that student has for his/her master.

The problem is, no earthly master can ever be totally trusted to have our best interest in mind; no earthly master can be fully respected for all (s)he has done; and no earthly master is worthy of complete loyalty.  We all mess up.  We all disappoint.  And none of us know best.

But there is someone who came to earth 2,000 years ago to be the ultimate Master.  He didn’t build up a kingdom on the backs of slaves, or send His followers to war.  He did something, in fact, that is the exact opposite of what we expect masters to do.

He devoted Himself to us.

Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God. (1 Chronicles 22:19a, NIV)

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