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DEC. 19

Exodus 21:2,5-6, Luke 10:27
If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing. *And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free: 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* And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

God told Moses to inform the Israelites that when a man buys a servant, after six years that servant has every right to be set free from his master. The said servant also has a choice to willingly decide to remain and serve his master for the rest of his life. Such a decision can only be born out of real love for the master. God wants you and I to come to this point of no return. Someone who is just a servant still has a choice to return home if he chooses to, but a bond servant gives away this choice because he burns the bridge behind him. There is no going back when it comes to serving his master.

The reason why Apostle Paul repeatedly referred to himself as a prisoner of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Eph.3:1, 2Tim.1:8, and Philemon 1:1&9), was not because he was being physically arrested from time to time, instead, he actually saw each of his physical arrests and other sufferings as opportunities for more people to be reached with the gospel. He called himself a prisoner of the Lord Jesus Christ because he had willingly sold out himself to Christ for the rest of his life. He knew he had rewards but it was his love for the Lord that motivated his decision to become a prisoner of the Lord.

A servant can decide that, the price for which he was bought is not worth the trouble any longer. In our case, the price that Jesus paid for us is so great that our entire lives will not be enough to repay him for it. He is a Good Master and we will definitely have rewards; but the time has come for us all to have the same heart as our masters' and do His work as though it were ours because of our love for Him.

Prayer Focus: Thank the Father for the grace to serve Him. Ask Him to help you to realise who you are and what He has called you to do. Thank Him as you grow in your service to Him.

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