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 The Unnamed Servant - 8/20/11

This morning, the Spirit of the Lord showed me how in several Old Testament examples people in positions of authority sent unnamed servants to accomplish their purposes.  Abraham sent his eldest servant (Genesis 24:2) to go and seek a specific wife for his son Isaac.  In Ruth 2:5 it is Boaz’ unnamed chief servant over his reapers who introduces Boaz to Ruth, his future wife.

 In both of these cases, the servants played very important roles in accomplishing the will of their masters.  They did it essentially anonymously (without any fanfare) and they (particularly Abraham’s servant) did it operating in the full authority of their master (who had sent him).  There are many (and I agree) who see these servants as a typology of the Holy Spirit as He introduces the groom (Jesus) to his bride (the church).

 But this morning, the Spirit of the Lord showed me that our daily lives should also reflect a type of that unnamed servant.  For we are servants of the King, the Lord Most High and wherever we go, we represent Him.  Indeed He has sent you and me (believers and slaves to His Spirit) to be His emissaries and representatives no matter where we go.  With that great responsibility, He has also given us His authority as we speak His words and do His will (just like Abraham’s servant spoke with complete authority as he sought Isaac’s wife).

 When we as believers truly understand the importance and full impact of this responsibility and authority that God has given to us, it causes us to reevaluate how we use our words and how we spend our time.  For this reason Jesus said in Matthew 12:36 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” 

 Our words (all of them) are so very important… because as new creatures, we are unnamed servants and messengers of the King of kings.

 God’s grace is sufficient.

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