Aug 14, 2011

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What’s with the name?

What’s with the name?

The name of this website JESUS SLAVE was a result of reading Kyle Idleman’s book, Not A Fan.  In chapter 10, deny- a total surrender, he says this about signing up for slavery:

“When we accept the invitation to deny ourselves and follow Jesus, we become his slaves.  That’s a completely different way to look at slavery.  We think of slavery as something you’re forced into, but Jesus invites us to deny ourselves.  Why would anyone ever want to be a slave?  Actually, it was rare, but in the Old Testament we read of people who chose to be slaves.  They were called “Bond Slaves.”  These were people who were set free after being a slave for six years, but they decided they wanted to stay a slave.  Deuteronomy 15:16-17 explains, “But if your servant says to you, ‘I do not want to leave you, ‘ because he loves you and your family and is well off with you, then take an awl and push it through his ear lobe into the door, and he will become your servant for life.”  A bondslave is how many of the New Testament writers describe themselves.  They had willingly become slaves.  Luke chapter 1 tells us that when Mary is told that she would be giving birth to the Messiah, her response (recorded in verse 38) is, “I am the Lord’s servant.”  But the word is “bondslave.”  Choosing to become a bondslave was an act of complete self-denial.  A bondslave gave up all their rights to the Master.  He is agreeing to give up all his possessions to the master.  A slave couldn’t pick and choose what was part of the deal.  He couldn’t say, “I’m going to be a slave but I want to keep the car, and I need every other weekend off.  I need to have room with a view.”  It wasn’t a negotiation.  A bondslave would say, “Everything I have, everything I am, I sign over to you.”  That’s what Jesus was wanting from the rich young ruler.

But why would anyone ever choose to be a slave?  Who signs up for that?  Well did you notice in Deuteronomy 15 what the motivation is for someone to choose slavery?  Look at it again.  “But if your servant say to you, ‘I do not want to leave you,’ because he loves you and your family and is well off with you…..”  A slave realizes as crazy as it might seem to everyone else, as ridiculous as it might appear to those who don’t understand, he’s going to choose a life of slavery.  He loves his master and realizes that he’s better off as a slave.

So out of love we become a slave to Jesus.  When you finally surrender all that you have and all that you are you will discover the strangest thing.  It’s only by becoming a slave to Jesus that we every truly find freedom.

We think that by denying ourselves we will miss out, but just the opposite is true.”

  1. What do you guys think?

    • is this your invention?? who runs the on line store?

      • The on-line store is a managed through an affliate program with http://www.cafepress.com. Basically they have a bunch of product you can put your logo on. Jesus Slave gets a cut of whatever is sold through the store. 100% of the proceeds will go to the orphanage in Ghana where my neice was adopted from.

        You will also notice that we recommend books via an Amazon widget on the right hand side of the main page. Any books that are purchase through that link will receive a 7% kickback from Amazon, pretty sweet. Again, 100% goes to the orphanage.

        We plan to also try to raise money by asking for donations for some Jesus Slave wristbands that I am having made up, they will be like the Lance Armstrong LiveStrong bands, they look pretty cool.

        • ok. sweet deal brother, et al. you guys are doing great things. like i said before, i'm not on email alot so text me when i need to be on.(am busy with football season) I'm new to this site but one thing i noticed is that we have a few..if not more ? different denominations involved. AWESOME! One God that is working through different groups. lol. Jesus most likely would have it no other way. regardless of our differences, lets keep focused on our common denominator….which is Jesus and the Trinity. Love you all in Christ. eric

  2. Love it. Just getting started, but looking forward to what is to come. Well done, bro.

  3. I'm so excited! This is really great Mike! We are so blessed when God allows us to see Him at work in our own lives and in the lives of others. God has blessed me greatly in the last year by allowing me to be a witness to His transforming power in the lives of several close family members. The passion that the two of you have for the Lord's Will in your lives has been an inspiration to me! I pray that the Lord will use you and this website to draw others near to Him. All glory be to God!

  4. Love this Mike! Good stuff! Especially love the last line you wrote. So true!

  5. bro, ed, others…are you guys doing a 'book club' type thing?? if so let me know, if not…why don't we? maybe each person pick a book a month…then we share/talk/text about it?

    • We are not currently doing a group book study here on the site. The book reviews and discussions are coming from other groups we are all independantly part of. I love your idea, I will pass the word along and maybe we can get started on a study here on the site, that way anyone who stumbles upon our study and jump right in and participate.

    • I think this is a great idea! I got Mike's email and look forward to jumping into this in October. Great to hear from you bro.

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