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I Don't Want to Have an Affair

Something I've been thinking about today from my devotions...

Circumcision is an outward sign of an inward commitment. But, when the significance of it is not truly understood, "circumcision is as meaningless as a wedding ring on the finger of an adulterer." Think about that.

If you know someone is married yet you know they are having an affair, do you think the ring on their finger means anything anymore? We would wonder why are they even wearing it if their actions don't honor the commitment they made when they first put it on.

Although we aren't physically circumcised anymore, when we give our life to the Lord, we are making a commitment to Him and when we settle for the lesser things of this world, aren't we essentially doing the same? Aren't we blatantly dishonoring the God we committed our lives to?

But then there's the inward. We may not be obviously "having an affair", but are we thinking about it? Are we toying with the idea of the …
δοῦλοςLately, the Lord has been speaking to me about the world listed above. It is the Greek word, dulos, meaning in English: a slave, a bondman, devoted to another to the disregard of one's own interests.
Christ was a bondservant. Paul was a bondservant. And now the Lord is asking me, are you going to be a bondservant to me? 
Paul, in describing Jesus, said in Philippians 2:7, "But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant..."
In Acts, Jesus is referenced five times in relation to being the Lord's Servant. 
Paul identified himself as a servant of Jesus' in the book of Romans, Galatians, and Titus. James, Jude, Peter and John all referred to themselves as a servant of Jesus Christ. 
Romans 1:1 says, "Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart to the gospel of God..." Something that I noted when I heard this verse recently  was that before Paul was called, he was a servant. Our first job is to be a servant…