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FAITH: Ear piercings can open a person to God’s word

We live in a time where body piercings appear to be raging out of control.

It used to be that only women and pirates would have pierced ears but, now, pierced ears are common with both genders.

And, as we all know, people are piercing parts of the body that were never designed for such decorative puncturing — eyebrows, noses, lips, tongues, belly buttons and other unmentionable areas.

But, this article not about questionable body piercings.

Frankly, it’s merely a matter of personal preference.

I want to talk about a special kind of ear piercing and what it means, in symbolic terms, for Christian believers today.

In Deuteronomy 15: 12-18, there is a direction on how to deal with a long-term servant who had finished his term of indenture, but wanted to remain with the landowner.

The landowner was to take an awl and pierce the servant’s ear.

It was a symbol the servant had pledged himself for service for life.

Just like your wedding band symbolizes a marriage for life, the earring in a servant’s ear signified a lifelong servant.

The symbolism of this practice comes from the willingness of the servant to listen to and to obey the commands of his master — to have an “open ear” — and to do so for the rest of his life.

I think you can see where I am going with this.

If you have said yes to Jesus, you have said: ‘I am willing to listen to you and follow your commandments for the rest of my life.’

You have, in effect, said, ‘Jesus, I love you and want to be your servant for life. Please “pierce my ear” as a symbol of my lifelong commitment to you.’

This symbolism is reflected elsewhere in scripture.

In Psalm 40: 6-8, David recounts that God is not particularly interested in offerings and sacrifices, but much more so in obedience, signified by the “pierced” or opened ear.

What is the result of a “pierced” ear?

A desire to do the will of God with full commitment.

Living the Christian life means disciplining yourself to act in ways worthy of the Master to whom you belong.

It means you are no longer a slave to sin and no longer master of your own life.

You no longer are free to do whatever you want, but are free to do whatever the Lord calls you to do — which, in the long run, will bring an immeasurably greater reward in the life that is to come.

We need to say what young Samuel said when the Lord called out to him audibly:  “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3: 20).

Are you listening to the Lord’s call?

Are your ears open to his voice?

Are you willing to commit the whole of your life, your talents and your energy to the Lord’s service?

Are you willing to put your ear to the Lord’s doorpost and accept the mark of your lifelong service?

The Lord is calling you right now.

You have no excuse. You can’t say: ‘I didn’t hear, I didn’t know.’

The question now is, will you listen and will you obey?

The Lord needs obedient servants.

You may have heard it before that the Greek word for meek, as in ”the meek shall inherit the earth,” is the same word used to describe a well-trained war horse, ready to obey its master’s every command.

If you’ve ever seen the Lippizaner stallion shows or the RCMP Musical Ride, you know exactly what a meek horse looks like — powerful, disciplined, well-trained, responsive to every command and ready for battle.

Christ needs “meek” soldiers, for we are in spiritual warfare.

He needs servants willing to open their ears to his commands.

Like Onesimus, the runaway slave of Philemon — whose name actually means “useful” — we were once useless to God but, now, we can be very useful, but only if we are obedient, submitted and committed.

If you kneel down, in the quietness of your prayer closet and pray the words of Samuel — “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening” — He will answer.

He will give you your assignment and will reveal your gift to you.

You are the servants of the Living God, bought with the price of the precious blood of his only Son and He has a job for every one of you.

May God bless every one of you as answer the call of God in your lives.

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