Trained Servants of the House

We who call on the name of the Lord, are all called to serve in the house of God. And, it is so that sometimes such service takes on unexpected forms. We find an example of this in our father Abraham’s household.

His relative Lot is taken captive by a war party, and in response, he mobilizes his household. Genesis 14:14 picks up the story: “When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan”.

Abraham trained his servants for warfare, precisely for such an eventuality. It is so with the servants in God’s house also. We each serve in various capacities in the house, but, there comes a time that we need to make war to recapture that which was taken from us. We find further examples of this in the book of Nehemiah, where people of various professions assisted with the building of the wall. My favourite example is found in Nehemiah 3:8, where a certain perfumer laboured in the building project. He was no builder, but he joined the fight regardless.

We are all warriors and we have all suffered loss, or had our walls broken down at some point. Perhaps it is time for us to mobilize ourselves in the pursuit of that which was taken from us, and fight for the restoration of that which was broken down.


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