January 24, 2020
Masters and Servants
Colossians 4:1 (KJB) Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
Please do not be confused with the biblical language found in this scripture verse. Many people are quick to judge what they think the context is and instantly be offended with the “master” and “servant” language as is recorded in this verse. Some will hatefully turn this message from God into a racial issue, but doing so is far from a correct understanding of this scripture.
God does not divide any person by the color of skin or according to his or her race or ethnic origin. God desires to lead people in His role as Master, and for us to wish to be His servants. Yes, God places Himself as our authority and desires for us to serve Him willingly.
God sets aside some individuals in this world to be authority figures and places people underneath such leadership. Though God’s model is skewed by sin at work in this world, examples of such earthly authority and servants properly at work are numerous and can include teachers and students; politicians and constituents; a pastor and his congregation; and a boss and his employees.
Ultimately, God is the Master of every person born into this world, whether that person chooses to acknowledge and accept His divine authority, or not. A master/slave relationship, such as is mentioned in this verse, is biblical and is not related to ethnicity or skin color.
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