Today was the Masters in Golf a perfect day to consider are you a master or are you a slave? A Master is a person with the ability or power to use, control, or dispose of something, a person who owns a slave, an animal, or other being. A slave is a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them. Some think because we work for someone that we are slaves to the company. Some slaves are the hardest workers while the masters are lazy bossy people. So which are you? Maybe a better question is which do you want to be?
So many people in this life want power, authority, and prestige. These are the people who will be the first to print their business card about a title they have not yet been elected into or they will publish a job responsibility on Linked In before they officially have the position. They will tell you how great they are without producing, normally they are an “I” person. This type person usually follows a leader and wants the leader’s title, and presumed power, and presumed prestige. Once in the position they discover the leader was a worker, a servant who put others before themselves, a person who would purchase items for someone in need and not worry about getting paid back. Those wanting the Master role will have a hard time placing themselves in a servant role. They like to be boss!
So who do you want to be, Master or Slave? The word servant in Matthew 20:27 means “slave.” Not every servant was a slave, but every slave was a servant. Servant leadership is best defined by Jesus Himself: “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:26–28). A common misconception among those who want to exercise a leadership role over others is that it comes with glory, power, and positions of honor. In fact, such a mistaken belief was the occasion for Jesus’ words in the above passage.
Our Master is Jesus Christ who stated, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
So I ask when the Day of Judgment comes do you want to be a slave or do you want to be someone who brags about their positions and then discovers their name is not on the book of life. It is your call, Master or Slave?