This painting is called "Flight into Egypt" by Annibale Carracci (1560-1609). This is a part of Jesus life that we perhaps don't ponder much. His early childhood was spent hiding in Egypt. Imagine walking that far with your baby. When you worry that things are not going so smooth for you, look at what Jesus went through. It is so awesome to me that Jesus and his parents went through rough patches and needed God's help just like we do.
He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. (Colossians 4:7b, NIV)
Those are pretty good credentials, don't you think?
- He is dear: loved and loving, warm and special.
- He is a brother: speaks of family, relationship, tied by Christ to brothers and sisters in Christ.
- He is a faithful minister: He serves, day in and day out.
- He is a fellow: He is connected to the apostolic mission.
- He is a servant in the Lord: He is a bond slave of Christ. We know Christ owns him.
You could extrapolate that as you move on in service of the Lord, you start as a brother, move to one who serves, and finally graduate, as it were, to being a full fledged slave as your identity. We could also look at these as three spheres. Some people are happy to be brothers or sisters, in the Lord, but don't want to serve or be bond slaves of Christ. Other people take on the title of minister which is supposed to mean server and they may very well serve in what they do, but they cannot accept the identity as bond slaves and act like masters rather than slaves.
I found a good article on the film by Rich Tatum. The long list of comments following, and I have not read all of them; is good in that it is dialogue, but it's also systemic of the fact that there is so much disunity among American Christians. Maybe not. I could be defensive of any criticism of Lou Engle or his style, but what I hear Rich saying is that he isn't used to that sort of thing and he's warning against certain things which are valid, but Lou isn't responsible for excesses in the past, of course. Lou was just encouraging Levi and that's one thing that the gift of prophecy is for!
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