Enid Hall - Hymn 320 - Bangalore Convention, India - 2002

"I love my Master."  These words touch my heart and I want to identify with that servant who loved his master. 

Exodus 21:2, "If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve, and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing."  In the scriptures, this relationship of "I love my master" means so much for Christianity.  It is not a religion but a relationship of the bride and bridegroom, and there is love in this relationship as the bride of Christ.  The young among us today are the hope of the kingdom and it is a wonderful thing this love of our Master. 

One time a gentleman was talking to a servant of God and asked her what she did. After she had told him, he said to her, "I wouldn't do that for all the money in the world!"  Our sister answered, "Neither would I."  We don't do this for wages but to show our love for our Master.

There was a special law for the servants whereby they would serve six years and on the seventh they could go out free. Some would just serve and look to the day when they would be free. Amongst these Jews, there were some whose service had graduated to a love service - it was not a duty, but their choice to serve their master, and they would not go out free but serve him forever.  We read how the law said to serve for six years, but love says to serve forever; the law says to go out free, but love says, "I will not go free;" the law says, "Do it all because of duty," but love says, "Do it because of devotion and dedication."  Real love for the Master enables us to make our choice the highest praise to our Master, and plainly say, "I love my Master and I will not go out free."  It is very plain and easy to see someone who is serving because of love - there is no mistaking it.

It is plain to see when we come into a home. Within five minutes, we can tell if the relationship between the husband and wife is good, for it is plain to see.  To serve forever is not a snap decision. After six years of learning about his master, the servant could do nothing else but serve forever and
ever. The word say is made up of three letters that mean: "S" for sacrifice, "A" for attitude and "Y" for yielding, and is how we say we love our Master.

Love is so willing to sacrifice and does not count it so, but a privilege.  So often when we serve God, little things in our lives begin to charm us very
much.  We sing, "All the vain things that charm me most I sacrifice them to His blood."  Maybe there are still some little things that charm us that we hold on to and keep.  How good when we come to the place where we sacrifice them to His blood.

When we take a journey to Calvary and see what He did for me, yes all for me. See His blood flowing from His wounded side, His nail pierced feet, was it for me?  Then we see the little things that we do not want to give up that are so vain and I sacrifice them to His blood, proving that we truly love our Master. 

Then we come to the "A," our attitude:  would it be an attitude of love, willingness, and contentment if we see it a sad thing to serve God?  A contented worker means a lot in the work, a contented saint means a lot to the fellowship, and a contented worker and saint means a lot to the world.  It is the attitude of obedience that brings contentment and speaks to the world.  This attitude of obedience is the last one to yield, for it means submission.  It is a matter of giving in, no compromise, no reservation, but fully yielding.  It is easy to make a choice between good and bad, for we choose the good, but it is a different matter to choose between best and second best, for we often settle for second best. 

The church at Ephesus left their first love but God want us to give Him our whole love, give Him our best.  Then the servant plainly says this in a
ceremony that takes place between the master and the servant, and each have a part. The servant would say with his life and lips his part, and then the master have his part and lead the servant to the door post and bore his ear with an awl, and then the servant would serve him forever.  He would be here now, not as before, for God's people are separate and different. God makes the difference and we fit in. 

In Exodus, we see that the Lord put a difference between the Egyptians and the children of Israel - the Lord did it.  Separation is a wonderful thing for it identifies us as a child of God.  The mark in the ear would distinguish this servant and he would not be like the other servants in the house, for he was now a bondservant and bore this mark for the rest of his life.  Joseph's coat of many colours was a distinguishing mark that his father gave him. In Rahab's house, there was the scarlet cord, a distinguishing mark, and the homes of God's people are different.  This servant would always remember this ceremony that made him a bondservant and the covenant he had made, for he loved his master.  He would be so grateful. 

But what about the benefits now that his master's home was his home, this kindly master that shared it with him?  If we love our Master
with all our heart, He will share His kingdom with us, for the promise was given to those who would overcome:  "He will sit down with me on My throne."  We have a wonderful God who makes us shareholders of His throne.  Our Master's fields are our fields, His joy our joy, His sorrow our sorrow, His family our family.  Jesus came to make us shareholders in these wonderful things, imagine that?  After Jesus was crucified He said to His disciples, "I go to My God and your God, to My Father and your Father"- these are the wonderful benefits and blessings that come to us when we make the loving choice to be a bondservant forever.