What Can I Do for You?

I was just snoozed off watching a documentary on gospel artists recording tunes that Bob Dylan wrote. I woke up to Helen Baylor singing “What Can I Do for You?”. I don’t know the song or Helen Baylor, but all I can say is wow. Check out the clip. Helen shares her testimony at the end.

Here are the lyrics.

You have given everything to me
What can I do for you ?
You have given me eyes to see
What can I do for You ?

Pulled me out of a bondage and You made me renewed inside
Filled up a hunger that had always been denied
Opened up a door no man can shut and You opened it up so wide
And You’ve chosen me to be among the few
What can I do for You ?

You have laid down Your life for me
What can I do for You ?
You have explained every mystery
What can I do for You ?

Soon a man is born, you know the sparks begin to fly
He gets wise in his own eyes and he’s made to believe a lie
Who could deliver him from the death he’s bound to die ?
Well, You’ve done it all and there’s no more anyone can pretend to do
What can I do for You ?

You have given all there is to give
What can I give for You ?
You have given me life to live
How can I live for You ?

I know all about poison, I know all about fiery darts
I don’t care how rough the road is, show me where it starts
Whatever pleases You, tell it to my heart
Well, I don’t deserve it but I sure did make it through
What can I do for You ?

Grace and Peace.

Tony

You Gotta Serve Somebody

One of my favorite song-writers is Bob Dylan. I really dig people who are able to look at the world around them and produce art that conveys to a broad audience the realities they observe. I think Dylan does it well.

Bob Dylan was born Robert Zimmerman and was raised in the Jewish tradition. During the late 1970s he had a conversion experience and began to confess himself has a Christian. I’m not sure where he stands today on the issue of Jesus, but during his “Christian” period he wrote a few songs that captured some keen observations on the nature of man in this present world. One of my favorites is, “You Gotta Serve Somebody”.  The chorus proclaims:

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

This song is great because it reveals one the key facets of the human existence. We are all slaves!

Now if you are like me, you really would not identify yourself as a slave. At first hearing its almost offensive, however, the Bible is filled language that more than suggests that we are slaves.

Here are a few examples:

Romans 6:16-18 (ESV)

16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.



Colossians 4:1(ESV)

4 Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. 

Matthew 6:24 (ESV)
24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. 

John 8:34 (ESV)
34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.

Again I have never really thought to much about my relationship with God as being one of a master and a slave, but as i meditate on it, viewing it from this perspective is helpful. It is helpful because it reminds me that this story isn’t really about me. It is easy for me to demand that God serve me and my purposes when the reality is that He created me, chose me, and saved me for His purposes.

So what’s the take-away?

For me it is the realization that not only should I call God, Lord and Father, but I need to also call Him master. I need to practice humble submission to His requests and desires. I need to lose my own self-interest and embrace His interests because ultimately I am slave bought with a price for His glory! It is in this reality that I need to live and it is through this lens I need to observe humanity.

I mean its like Bobby said, “well it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but your gonna have to serve somebody”!

How about you? Are you a slave to the devil or a slave to the Lord?

Who is your story about?

Grace and Peace,

Tony