God is teaching me so much about what it means to serve with our whole heart. A trainer of service dogs tells me that the basic obedience most people view as obedience in their pups is not obedience at all. He said the authority structure is not in place. When you give a dog a treat, it may go through the motions of obedience but it has not accepted you as the authority figure. Service dogs must be consistent and reliable since someone with a special need is relying on them. To get them to that level of service, you must first establish the authority structure and you do so not through fear but through love. Those being trained for service learn that they don’t make any decisions but trust that their welfare and safest place to be is under authority. Learning to trust the one in authority is foundational and essential to their success in service. Do you see parallels in how the Apostle Paul viewed God as His authority and served as the bond servant for the Lord?
One of the biggest challenges we have today in growing disciples is that we live in a culture where eveyone is master of his or her own world. We give God the plan and ask Him to bless it. To be a bond servant under God’s authority is counter cultural. The fact is, only a remnant makes it. What about those who serve partially or half heartedly? Even if they are not counted among the remnant, is partial obedience better than no obedience? What do you think? Let me hear your thoughts.
Love from Anita Carman