Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you.
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
If people might be compared to oxen (workers yoked for the plowing of life's fields), then we serve a master Who guides our steps.
Because left to our own limited views, we are little more than aimless roamers.
In 1979, Bob Dylan wrote a disturbing, Grammy-winning song: Gotta Serve Somebody. It stirred us,*** irking some fellow stars, like John Lennon. (He wrote a mocking response: Serve Yourself. Shortly thereafter, Lennon was murdered.)
Read lyrical excerpts from both songs:
Gotta Serve Somebody:
You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls.
But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You're gonna have to serve somebody,
It may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.Bob Dylan, Christian, Nobel Laureate
You say you found Jesus Christ;
He's the only one.
You say you've found Buddha,
Sittin' in the sun.
You say you found Mohammed,
Facin' to the East.
You say you found Krishna,
Dancin' in the streets.
Well there's somethin' missing in this God Almighty stew,
And it's your mother, (your mother, don't forget your mother, lad.)
You got to serve yourself,
Ain't nobody gonna do it for you.
You got to serve yourself,
Ain't nobody gonna do it for you.John Lennon, faith unknown, The Beatles
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Since every high achiever is yoked,**** avoid the deadly yokes of Satan.
They include pride and harming children... by leading them in bad directions. Your duty is clear:
1) Stay yoked to Christ each and every day. 2) Lead naive fans in His direction.
## Self-Examination 2021: Shoulders, Deadly Yokes (Part 80)
* Curses on Disobedience in full and painful Verses: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=deu+28%3A15-68&version=NKJV
** Commentaries on Matthew 18:6 reveal 'Little ones' referring not just to small children, but to humble Christians who exhibit child-like faith, or new Christians just beginning their faith walk: http://biblehub.com/commentaries/matthew/18-6.htm
*** Bob Dylan's song lyrics to: Gotta Serve Somebody: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bobdylan/gottaservesomebody.html
*** Startling note about Bob Dylan's faith: After Dylan wrote 'Gotta Serve Somebody,' John Lennon's wrote a mocking rebuttal: 'Dylan's Christianity was unpopular with some fans and musicians. Shortly before his murder, John Lennon recorded 'Serve Yourself' in response to Dylan's 'Gotta Serve Somebody' ' (Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Dylan#Christian_period).
*** Article in Christianity Today: The Dark Side of Dylan: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/september-web-only/dark-side-of-dylan.html
*** Is Bob Dylan a Christian? Yes! http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2016/may/rare-letter-by-bob-dylan-reflects-a-strong-christian-faith
*** NOTE: PARENTAL WARNING ON THIS LINK to very dirty lyrics and the story behind Serve Yourself: https://www.beatlesbible.com/people/john-lennon/songs/serve-yourself/
**** The impact of unyoked wanderers is destined to be small. But if God's people are also compared to sheep, then finding God's unyoked wanderers and carrying them home on your shoulders... is also one of your duties.
NOTE: This is a 2021 edit of a 2017 Shine Devotion series, 'Self-Examination.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination 2021 series.