EASY LIKE SUNDAY MORNING: CHOOSE LIFE

ESSAY LIKE SUNDAY MORNING: Generally, there are four Sundays in each month; consequently, we have Sunday School four times a month. Occasionally, however, there is a fifth Sunday. On, the occasions when there are five Sundays, we don’t have Sunday School on the fifth one. But, there is a lesson for this Sunday in our text. It is entitled, “CHOOSE LIFE”.
The Scripture was from Romans 6:1-4, 12-14 and 20-23. The KEY VERSE was verse 4 which reads in the NIV; “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life”.
The premise before Paul and the Romans was one to do with grace, siting basically; “Since God is going to forgive us no matter what we do, why don’t we just keep on sinning”. They felt that all they needed to do was ask God’s forgiveness and they would have a “clean slate” with which to sin again, and again.
But the lesson tells us that we cannot be willfully sinful and righteous at the same time. That’s not how it works. We must be one OR the other, but not one AND the other. That’s not what Jesus died for.
Matthew 6:24 says, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other”.
THERE ARE ONLY TWO OPTIONS! YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE ONE!
The great singer/songwriter/poet, Bob Dylan wrote a song called, “You Gotta Serve Somebody”
YOU GOTTA SERVE SOMEBODY
By Bob Dylan
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
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You might be a rock ‘n’ roll addict prancing on the stage
You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage
You may be a business man or some high-degree thief
They may call you doctor or they may call you chief

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes you are
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may be a state trooper, you might be a young Turk
You may be the head of some big TV network
You may be rich or poor, you may be blind or lame
You may be living in another country under another name

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes you are
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may be a construction worker working on a home
You may be living in a mansion or you might live in a dome
You might own guns and you might even own tanks
You might be somebody’s landlord, you might even own banks

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may be a preacher with your spiritual pride
You may be a city councilman taking bribes on the side
You may be workin’ in a barbershop, you may know how to cut hair
You may be somebody’s mistress, may be somebody’s heir

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

Might like to wear cotton, might like to wear silk
Might like to drink whiskey, might like to drink milk
You might like to eat caviar, you might like to eat bread
You may be sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a king-sized bed

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes
Indeed you’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may call me Terry, you may call me Timmy
You may call me Bobby, you may call me Zimmy
You may call me R.J., you may call me Ray
You may call me anything but no matter what you say

Still, you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

Songwriters: BOB DYLAN
© BOB DYLAN MUSIC CO

SO THE QUESTION I ASK YOU IS THIS; WHO YOU GOING TO SERVE?

8 Comments

  1. Dont serve no one, but stick to the belief and faith that a person knows and follow it. Choose a path, create your consequence, subdue your future days by following no one but yourself, belief system and faith in blind trust in people that at least you shown the example.

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  2. This is a great post Ron. I like that touch of adding Dylan 🙂
    One thing’s for sure; the wage of sin is death. We do it to ourselves every day. As you know ‘death’ is not necessarily literal; but it can shole feel like!

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  3. Thanks Cuz. Those are the two choices that I think the lesson was speaking of; Life or Death. In Christianity Life=Jesus and Death=Sin/Evil/the Devil. When he wrote the song, Dylan had just converted to Christianity. I think that, when he said “You gotta serve somebody”, he meant that you must choose between Life or Death; Righteousness or Sin; God or “the Devil”; or whatever deities, entities etc. that you “worship” or serve representing “good and/or evil”.

    Everybody serves somebody, even if they only serve themselves. The Bible speaks of these people. It says that worshiping “self” is idolatry and Roman 2:8 says, “But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger”.

    The point being, just like Dylan said, “You Gotta Serve Somebody”‘. It’s better to spend a life serving others than serving oneself.

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    1. I can only speak for the churches that I’m familiar with, but 5th Sundays usually do not feature Sunday School or regular service in these churches.

      There are, however, “singings”, potlucks, public service events or some other such event.

      I don’t “know” why this is the case; it seems to have been so since the beginning of Black churches.

      My theory is that it has something to do with the “circuit preachers” of the early Methodist and AME church.

      Wikipedia gives a good description of these preachers.

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