Today my post contains one of my favorite words, vassal. I even did a post on it back in October 24, 2018. (https://godstillspeakstoday.com/2018/10/24/im-the-lords-vassal/)
So when I heard this word in a movie the other evening, fief, I was led to investigate and use as a post.
A fief was an element of medieval contracts based on feudal law. It was between an overlord and a vassal, who held it in fealty or “in fee” in return for feudal allegiance, services, and/or payments. The feudal land used was known as fiefs or fiefdoms. A feudal lord would protect his investment in his vassals, as they generated income. They were under his protection and part of his sphere if influence.
Which got me to thinking how we are all feudal lords. We have all been entrusted with an area or sphere of “property” that we have influence over. God has placed us in the town, job, church, family etc. that He wants us to influence by being Jesus to every one we come into contact with, or our “vassals.”
It is our job to take this assignment seriously. We have a responsibility to these people to shine the love of Jesus onto them. God has placed them under our protection. It is our fidelity, our responsibility to be loyal and faithful to the promises of God and our duty to our “vassals.”
Not that we are subjugating them to our will, or making them our slaves, but that we care so deeply for the people in our sphere of influence, that we keenly look for opportunities to serve them! In doing so, we might just be allowed to be used by the Holy Spirit to crack open their hearts to want to know more about the Jesus who has changed our lives.
(As a post script, as my brother Alan in from Fief Scotland, I cannot wait to see what amazing insight he has to add to this post!)
So let’s go out into our sphere, being the best feudal lords (and ladies) we can be today, for the Kingdom of God!
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