Weekly Devotional – Wednesday, March 30, 2022
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NLT)
One of my favourite authors is JRR Tolkien, and while I enjoy his books “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” I really enjoy the movie adaptations and have watched them often enough that I am able to quote many of the lines…just ask my husband. I couldn’t help but think of one of Gandalf’s lines to young Peregrin Took, aka Pippen, when it comes to the idea of having another in control of every aspect of your life.
Against Gandalf’s wise advice, Pippen pledges his service to the Steward of Gondor—a man obsessed with retaining his control over Gondor. Pippen is provided with the vestments of the Guard of the Citadel and wonders aloud as to the nature of the service he’ll be providing the steward; imagining his role to be little more than a ceremonial position, Gandalf warns him, “You’re in the service of the steward now…you’ll have to do as you’re told.”
Pippen’s impetuous pledge was made knowing very little of what it would cost him. I sometimes wonder if there aren’t many people who identify as ‘Christian’ who find themselves in the same boat. They are promised that heaven will be theirs through a belief in Jesus and ‘asking him into their hearts.’ Unfortunately, they often lack the understanding of what it means to live in service to their new King and of the vestments they are now required to wear as Christ-followers.
In order to make the Good News about Jesus more attractive, the Church has been guilty of over-selling the ‘free-ness’ of the gift of salvation, while at the same time minimizing the cost of living life in servitude to the King. The Apostle Paul and other biblical writers referred to themselves as ‘servants’ and ‘slaves.’ They understood their indebtedness to Jesus for his free gift of forgiveness and eternity with him; they recognized him as Saviour, Master and King.
Do we? Is Jesus Lord of our finances? Our entertainment choices? Our employment pursuits? Our relationships? Is he free to interrupt our plans? How much of our time is his? If you profess to be a Christ-follower, let me repeat a slight revision of the fictional Gandalf’s words, “We’re in the service of the King now…isn’t it time we did as we’re told?”
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!