Last night in my New Testament class a man was praying over the class and he used the word “Master” to refer to God. I don’t know why, and even know after much thought I can’t explain it, but I felt offended by this term. Not that I don’t think God is the Master of all things, the Creator, the Author, the Alpha and the Omega, but it was just odd to hear this man continually say “Master”, as if he was someone’s slave.
My personal feelings about the word probably come from the connotation that American society has for this particular word. There are 35 dictionary definitions of this word, and each of them really has a different meaning of it’s own. Ranging from “someone who is in command of a particular trade to a presiding officer, it is no wonder I have some what strong feelings about this word. But what interests me the most is that definition #15 simply states, ” The Master (in bold), Jesus Christ.” If this definition is in a secular dictionary, why then do I have issues using as a believer in the sovereignty of God? Could it be that I am conditioned by society to think of NO ONE as my master, but to do whatever I can to be a master of other people and things? Maybe it’s because the word is so closely related to bondage and chains in our society and in our history, but in the Kingdom of God it’s the absolute opposite! I am willing to believe that in calling God my Master, I am freed from the chains and bondage of sin, oppression, and the like.
I know for sure is that I feel strongly lead to embrace this word and begin to feel comfortable using it. I want to passionately cry out to the Lord and knowingly call Him Master, without feeling like I am less of a woman, but instead feeling like I am whole because I have accepted His full command. It’s not that I don’t trust the Lord or thing He isn’t in complete control; it’s just that WORD! It’s time to overcome words and follow my heart.
Learning to embrace my MASTER,