Bob Dylan has been a major figure in pop music for the last five decades and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the 70’s he claimed to have become a born-again Christian, produced two Gospel albums, including the Grammy Award winning, “Gotta Serve Somebody.”
GOTTA SERVE SOMEBODY
YOU MAY BE AN AMBASSADOR TO ENGLAND OR FRANCE,
YOU MAY LIKE TO GAMBLE,YOU MIGHT LIKE TO DANCE,
YOU MAY BE THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD,
YOU MAY BE A SOCIALITE WITH A LONG STRING OF PEARLS
BUT YOU’RE GONNA HAVE TO SERVE SOMEBODY,
YES INDEED YOU’RE GONNA HAVE TO SERVE SOMEBODY,
WELL, IT MAY BE THE DEVIL OR IT MAY BE THE LORD
BUT YOU’RE GONNA HAVE TO SERVE SOMEBODY.
That is the Gospel truth. It isn’t a question if you are going to serve someone or something, but only a matter of whom or what you serve. In Dylan’s words, “Everybody’s gonna have to serve somebody.”
Paul speaks in the sixth chapter of Romans about this choice—being a slave to sin or being a slave to Christ. One of the Apostle’s favorite words to describe himself was a “bondslave of Jesus Christ.” In the Old Testament, slaves had to be periodically set free, but if there was a slave that had been treated well by his master and loved his master, he could become a bondslave. His ear would be pierced with an awl, forever marking him as belonging to his master. Paul saw himself this way—as a slave of love for Christ.
Seeing ourselves in the right way is vital. This week, we will present a Biblical perspective on our union with Christ—that we learn to see ourselves as God sees us. It can make an exponential difference in your spiritual life!