Service Under a Better Master   4 comments



A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
Eugene Peterson


Too often we think of religion as a far-off, mysteriously run bureaucracy to which we apply for assistance when we feel the need. We go to the local branch office and direct the clerk (sometimes called a pastor) to fill our order for God. Then we go home and wait for God to be delivered to us according to our specifications that we have set down. But that is not the way it works!


He is a potter working with the clay of our lives, forming and reforming until, finally, he has shaped a redeemed life, a vessel fit for the kingdom.


Freedom is announced and celebrated. But not many feel or act free. Evidence? We live in a nation of complainers and a society of addicts. Everywhere we turn we hear complaints: I can’t spend my money the way I want; I can’t spend my time the way I want; I can’t be myself; I am under the control of others all the time. And everywhere we meet the addicts – addiction to alcohol and drugs, to compulsive work habits and to obsessive consumption. We trade masters: we stay enslaved.


The Christian is a person who recognizes that our real problem is not in achieving freedom but in learning service under a better master. The Christian realizes that every relationship that excludes God becomes oppressive. Recognizing and realizing that, we urgently want to live under the mastery of God.

Posted August 16, 2007 by Lana G! in Christianity, Faith, God, Jesus, Life, Quotes

4 responses to “Service Under a Better Master

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  1. Service under a better master…amen to that! I think it’s time for me to re read this book…

  2. This is from one of my husband’s absolute favorite books. Which I have yet to read, so I think I need to get a jump on that!

  3. You tell it, Lana!

  4. “Learning service under a better master.” Very powerful statement.

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