Saviour and Lord

Christ said he did not come to be served but to serve. He therefore does not become “lord” as an outcome of the mission to serve, and he does not save as a result of being received as “lord”. The two are not compatible even if they become part of the conversion narrative.

Forget the family, house, and country

Abraham’s experience of call and promise are expressions of Messianic interest and process. Loyalty to one’s family, household and country are secondary values and contrary to the kind of intervention that is necessary.

Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Matthew 10:34, New American Standard Bible

As for people becoming servants of God, there can be no skating around the invitation to become children of God. Christ is Lord whether people confess or not. He goes to the cross to become Saviour. His mission to serve assures that he seeks no lordship, no estate, and no corps of servants. All through his life he showed that he was Lord and affirmed the fact.

Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

Matthew 20:28

13) You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 14) If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

John 13:13-14

If he was not and did not become Lord of people who have been the keepers of oracles and recorders of interventions for thousands of years how could one by saying it become servant to him? How does he become Lord as a result of a few doctrinal commitments or a pledge at the baptism pool? It is sufficient for him to be Saviour, and imposing lordship is just another shot at cheap authenticity and self-righteous. Where do we get the idea that we can tell another man’s servant how to behave?

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

2 Corinthians 3:17