The Awl of Jesus

My wife loves earrings. For some reason, she had stopped wearing them sometime before we began courting. A couple of years after we’d been married, she decided she liked wearing earrings, so she got a pair – it is way too long ago for me to remember if she already had the earrings or bought them.

The Hole is Gone!

I was home when she decided to put them on. She couldn’t. Some skin had grown over one hole for her earring, so, try as she might, she could not get the post or hook to go through her ear; the hole was gone! She became pretty frustrated.

She decided to go somewhere to have her ears re-pierced, but we decided that I’d try to use a needle and open the hole. If it became more than out-surgery, then she’d get professional help.

With much hesitation, I took a sterilized pin and pushed it through. That’s all it took. My wife was able to wallow out the opening with the post of the earring she’d decided to wear – we averted a crisis! Thankfully, her earring hole hadn’t grown back.

A Bridge to Romania

This memory came to mind this afternoon while I was writing about my time in Hungary and Romania. The two events aren’t connected, but I have a loose synapse in my head that’s built a bridge between them.

So, as I reminisced about my young wife and her earrings, I thought about how we are bondservants of Jesus. This legal condition is part of the Law of Moses:

“If the servant declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’ then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.”Exodus 21:5–6

The Awl of Jesus

An awl is a sharp, cone-shaped metal tool. This dangerous tool is still used today for punching holes in leather for belts. A permanent sign of a bondservant is a scar and hole that identified the slave as a bondservant.

Peter (2 Peter 1:1), James (James 1:1), Paul (Romans 1:1), and Jude (Jude 1:1) all called themselves bondservants of Christ Jesus. As followers of Jesus, we too should consider ourselves to be bondservants to Jesus (2 Timothy 2:24). And, as bondservants to Jesus, we must not be a bondservant to anyone or anything else.

You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men.” – 1 Corinthians 7:23

Evidence of Jesus’ Awl

So, I hope you see the analogy between my wife’s closed-up hole for her earring and our station as bondservants of Jesus. As bondservants, we must make sure everyone we meet knows to whom we belong.

If the hole that the awl of Jesus drove through our ears loses its purpose, we must take it upon ourselves to restore its visibility. Without holes in my wife’s ears, she could not display the beauty of her earrings and thereby enhance her elegance. Likewise, without the evidence of Jesus’ awl upon our ears, we cannot correctly display His glory to this lost and dying world.

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