Sunday, January 11, 2009

You may like to gamble...

Grammy Night, 1979, won best song of the year. Yes,indeed...

You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls.

But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You're gonna have to serve somebody,
It may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.

Covers of this song have been numerous and was featured on "The Sopranos". When I listen to the CD (a long time ago in college, I heard it on vinyl), Dylan hammers a clear description of a human condition not having a choice in having to choose (is that confusing? sorry,) between serving two masters. You can't serve manna and the Lord at the same time. Without asking it directly, he puts the question to us, where do you stand? No matter who you are in the human heirarchy, brahmin to untouchable, president to housekeeper, CEO to barista, upside, downside and sideways, we all answer to someone else in charge. No choice there. And there are really only two competing for our loyalty--God and the Devil.

The beauty of it is, is that a prideful preacher can be serving Satan when he thinks it is God he's pleasing. Or someone else with a shameful, painful past who repents of it, heals from the wounds and lives to serve God. Today, Kevin took us through 1 John with the criteria to help us to examine ourselves as Paul charges in 2Corinthians 13:1-14. Unexpectedly, I was filled with gratitude. Without God being humble enough to leave Heaven, get born in a stable, serve us, love us and die on a cross for us, I could never pass that test. He chose to serve His Father, and in doing so, we were served.

Mark 10:45 "He came not to be served but to serve and give His life a ransom for many."

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