THE BOOK OF JOHN.
TOPIC: THE POSITION OF A SERVANT
Who is a servant?
A servant is someone employed by another person to perform domestic duties or any other duties that his master deemed fit. There are several categories of servants starting from those who are doing domestic job to those who are even made directors. For example the servant of Abraham who was in charge of his household was a director yet he was a servant.
There are situation in many homes where servants are used and kept as members of the household and if such people are working with a benevolent master you will almost mistake them for a son or daughter.
However a servant is a servant and will always be one. As time goes any of the issues to be discussed may happen between the servant and his master.
– The servant might want to go back to where he belongs. He does not belong here he belongs somewhere else. The Yoruba people have a saying that: it is only that the distance is far, a servant has a father and a home town. One day he shall return.
– And if the servant refuses to go his owner might be fed up with him and ask him to go away to wherever he wishes. Or in the worst scenario
– The master might sell him to another master.
Jesus made us to understand that he who sins is the servant of sin, He also points out that servants cannot abide in the house forever.
WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS JESUS STATEMENT?
– Anyone who still commits sin willfully is a servant of sin even though he dwells together with Christians in the same church.
– That person who is in such state will not abide in church among Gods children forever. He will go away one day to where he belongs or
– Be forcefully ejected or sold to another master.
Cain was ejected because he willfully killed his brother
Achan was ejected because of stealing and disregard for instruction.
Eli was ejected because of the sin he knew concerning his children
10 spies were ejected because of disbelief in God and trying to scatter the sheep
Lot and his wife were ejected because of materialism
Gehazi that servant of a great man of God was ejected because of greed and avarice
Judas was ejected for selling his master Jesus.
Demas was ejected because he loved this present world.
There are so many so called Christians today who still go in and out with the rest but do not actually belong here, they will soon find their own place or be forcefully ejected.
– The greatest of such implications is that they will not be able to inherit eternal life where Jesus said in my Father’s house are many mansions… Jn. 14:1-3; Rev. 21:27. The issue of inheritance is only a matter for the children and not the slaves or the servants of the house.
HOW DO WE KNOW THE SERVANTS IN THE CHURCH?
1. They sin willfully. 1 Jn. 3:8;10
2. They sin without repenting
3. They have not come to play a positive role
How do we know those who are not playing positive roles in the church?
They are those who come to the church without doing any service to God and the church: no payments of tithes and offering, they don’t join any group in the church where they can be useful to the service of God and humanity.
They are those who come to bring about confusion to disturb the peace of the church.
4. They have another motive for doing what they are doing. They are the people who come to the church to contribute a meagre amount and go back with a million dollars contract.
They are those who come to the church to marry our girls and then disappear with them to another type of religion after marriage.
They are those who come to backbite and spread unfounded rumours to destroy the fellowship of the brethren.
HOW CAN A SERVANT BE FREE?
If the Son shall set you free, you shall be free indeed. Jn.8: 36.
1. Ask God to set you free from sin. The only way to do that is by asking God to adopt you as a son.
2. Show to Him genuine repentance.
3. Do not do those things that can make you remain in servant’s position.
4. Return the things (the chains on your neck) that Satan has given you that keep you enslaved.
Thanks and God bless you.