Through The Dust: Diakonos
There is a Bedouin story about a horrific sand storm… As the story goes, a slave had the task of leading his “master” and “master’s wife” across the dessert. Though he was not a free man – for he was “owned” – he loved his master. The slave also sensed that there was a greater purpose for his life and that he was to serve to the best of his ability. As they started off on their journey, the slave knew that in the great dessert a sand storm can arise out of nowhere. These sand storms are nothing like anything we would ever see here in the states. These storms are deadly! Sure enough, a few days into their journey a great sand storm blew in. There was nowhere for them to seek shelter. The slave knew he must not only protect his owners, but their camel as well. Without the camel they would all perish for sure. The servant found a small out cropping of rocks and tried to secure them behind it. There was barely enough room for the master, and his wife – much less the camel and him. The storm came with a vengeance. As it blew, they could not see the hand in front of their faces. The force in which the sand hit their skin caused any exposed skin to literally be torn away. In the midst of the storm, the master could not see his servant. It was all he could do to try and shelter his wife and himself. Eventually the storm passed and they were able to dig themselves out of the sand, grateful to be alive. When they were able to see, they saw a sight they would never forget. In front of them was the camel – safe, alive, and not seemingly any worse for wear. In front of the camel was the servant. He was there, cloak open wide, protecting the camel and them – dead, seemingly frozen in the sand. He had used his body as a shield to save their lives. He had literally given his life in one last heroic act of service for his master! Wow! What a servant! I want to be a servant like that! Would that my service for Jesus would rise to that standard.
The Greek word for servant is “diakonos”. Diakonos means: “THROUGH THE DUST”! Now, I say that I truly want to serve the Lord with all my might and all my strength, but… when times get rough, “Am I willing to go ‘Through the Dust’?” When the storms of life are raging, do I run for cover, or do I take a stand: a stand of faith? a stand for righteousness? a stand exemplifying the love of Christ? Am I willing to be like the Bedouin servant and literally DIE? Am I willing to die to my flesh? to the call of the world? to the pleasing of man? Am I willing to serve my master even if I feel like my emotional hide is literally being torn off by the sands of ridicule? You might be saying, “I really do want to be like that brave servant, but how?”
I think his actions give us a clue as to how we can…
Note that he was sold out! He was not only”owned” by his master, he loved his master and was committed to the service of his master. He sensed he had a higher purpose. He did not complain about his lot in life. He just served! One can tell he was definitely a man of single purpose! Would that we would be the same! Would that we would get any double mindedness out of our lives. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey me!” It is as simple as that. Out of love for our Heavenly Master, we serve… Out of commitment to Him, we daily lay our lives down. Today I want to live out DIAKONOS…. With Jesus’ help, I choose to face the storm head on and “go through the dust”! How about you? #throughthedustforJesus