Friday, December 30, 2011

Servant or Savant

 Often we are told we must serve others, because Christ was a servant. A servant is not the same position as you would think. Some are servants because they have sold their bodies to another for money or their particular status tier is a peasant. It may be a social tier such as in India where caste and class of social levels are accepted and lived by. Imagine you fall in love with some one and they have similar feelings but you are of different caste. You are not permitted to share your love because of social dogma. Families make deals and then find you someone they believe will do- acceptable to their culture.

Philipians 2:5-7  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
John 15:15
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

  In Phillipians we see Jesus came in the form of a servant , actually a human. God became man, that we could become more divine. In John he says - he no longer calls us servant - for the servant knoweth not. A person that knows is called a Savant. We can almost say we are transformed from a servant to a savant. First we must become the servant, making ourselves nothing. Then the savant or friend of Christ. Many will make it to the servant level, they will prostate themselves before God become humble servants. They will live as monks or nuns feel that the lower they bow , the better their chance of getting to heaven.
  I had this mentality , would constantly fast wrap myself in clothe - pray for days . Almost a deprivation of social contact limiting myself to only scripture studies. Lived on a remote island for an entire year like this- others on the island knew I was involved in self deprivation trying to find God. Often would douse my body in Johnson baby powder to keep down the smell. I had hair down to my back and a beard to my chest. I remember having mystical experiences and read the bible cover to cover , then by subject.
  Then the Lord spoke and rebuked me, I was stunned. He wanted me to no longer be a servant but a friend. He wanted me to be a savant, we would become friends. Not as one equal with God but as one who knows a servant does not know the will of his master. His relationship is distant , he is humble but not knowing of his masters business. A savant knows the Lords business, he knows Gods will and does it. Jesus desire is not for us to constantly be as beggars, but to draw us unto the Father. As the Holy Spirit draws us to Jesus, Jesus draws us to the Father.
John 14:6-7 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If  you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
 Jesus later says to call no one Father on earth but only our Father who is in heaven, in Matthew. Jesus goes further in saying we are to call God our Father, even in the Lords prayer we are taught to say, Our Father who art in heaven. He doesn't say Our Master who art in heaven. Father means we are children, Master means we are servants. Jesus constantly tries to bring us into that relationship with God. First by example then by teaching. Should we pray to Jesus or the Father, or to the Holy Spirit. This is often a question asked by believers, Jesus said to pray to the Father. The prophets and the apostles call upon the name of the Lord, a prophet often says Thus Saith the LORD. As we need an advocate before God , the Lord is our savior and advocate. He stands with us and walks with us. Immanuel-God is with us. Isaiah prophesied of the Messiah, “His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace”. In that respect we recognize that Jesus and the Father are one, we will also become unified as Christ promised. That is were I may differ from some. I believe in the unification of all believers in Christ as Jesus spoke- even a greater mystery than the trinity. God dwells in each believer as they are his spiritual children. That is how the prophet says Thus Saith the Lord. He is filled with the Lord, he is speaking with a divine authority as if God is speaking . All throughout the old testament and new prophets were the voice of God.
 Only understanding the Lord is also spirit can this be possible. This verse in Galations speaks to me solidly of my relationship with God. Sometimes my spirit cries Abba, Father and why do you call on the Father. Probably because of the verse below.
Galations 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 

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