Eunuchs Wanted

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Have someone read out the Scripture passages.

Introduction

If God guaranteed you an answer to any question, what question would you ask?

Gather thoughts. Ask why? This is not the time to answer those questions, but just to get people thinking.

People are curious about many things, but when it comes down to it, two of the most basic questions of life are: Who am I and why am I here?

Can you answer those questions with total confidence?

Who am I?

The question “Who am I” is a question of identity. Your identity is simply who you think you are.

When you think about your life, what influences have shaped your identity (who you think you are)?

This could be parents, teachers, sports coaches, pastors, friends, the world etc.

Share something about who you think you are.

Let people share at whatever level they are willing. Simply listen.

We all begin creating our sense of identity from birth, mainly based on our interactions with other people. The things we believe about ourselves can be both positive and negative.

So for now, we know that the “who am I” question is about identity. Over the coming weeks, we are going to explore this more.

Why am I Here?

The second question “Why am I here?” deals with our sense of purpose.

Think about things that people have created and their purpose? What comes to mind?

Share ideas. Choose any examples such as toasters, cars, lightbulbs, roads, houses etc.

Can you think of anything that has no purpose at all?

There is nothing that has been created that has no purpose. Things like space junk may seem to have no purpose now, but they did once have a purpose.

We have been created, so what is our purpose?

Gather thoughts. Ask, “what makes you think that?”

Does something that is created have the ability to determine its own purpose?

Use an example from above to pose the question. Can a toaster decide to be a jug instead?

Design

We can only come to a true sense of identity and purpose when we first understand our design. Think about a lion.

What is a lion designed to do?

To hunt animals. No healthy lion defies its design to become a vegetarian! It never happens.

What gives a lion the ability to be a hunter?

Its whole body is designed to hunt from tooth to claw. The lion’s identity as a hunter comes from its design.

In the same way, our sense of identity and purpose is connected to our design.

Do we begin life with an understanding of our design?

No, newborn babies have no knowledge or understanding of purpose or design.

How do babies learn about their physical design?

Babies and infants learn their physical design by watching people around them. In fact, studies have shown that if an infant does not hear someone talking, they will not learn to talk. If they do not see a person walking, they will not learn to walk.

The same is true spiritually. When we first begin to follow Jesus and are born again, we are like spiritual infants, and we learn our design by looking at people who we consider “spiritual.”

In our spiritual infancy, how can we be sure that the people around us are or were actually living in their spiritual design?

We really can’t be sure. Babies do not have the capacity to question their design. Because they are so vulnerable, there is a great responsibility to protect babies and nurture them in truth.

What if we have not truly learned our design? Imagine that you discover an object you’ve never seen before and you don’t know what it is designed to do.

How could you find out?

You would ask the person who made it!

Read these Bible verses together:

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:26-27
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

Who is the Creator of the universe and of us?

God.

As our Creator, we owe our existence to God. We are not random products of chance. We have been wonderfully created by a God who has a clear design for our lives. And as our Creator, He alone holds the answers to those questions “who am I and why am I here?” The only way we can discover our design is to ask the One who designed us.

So, how does God reveal our design to us?

Gather thoughts.

Our Mirror

Look up the following passage in James.

James 1:22-24

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.

What is the purpose of a mirror in the natural realm?

To see what you physically look like.

So, if you want to see a spiritual reflection of yourself, what is the spiritual mirror that you look into?

The word of God.

The Word is a spiritual mirror that shows us our natural face. The word “natural” used in this verse is the Greek word “genesis” meaning “source, origin or birth”. You could say that when we look into the mirror of the Word, we see our genesis face. We see our true identity and purpose as God originally designed it.

Summary

There are two questions we need to answer: Who am I? and Why am I here? These are questions of identity and purpose. Only our Creator has the right to determine who we are and why we are here, our design. So, over the coming studies, we are going to look into the mirror of the Word to find out how God answers these questions.

Questions for Further Discussion

Has there ever been a time in your life when you consciously asked yourself Who am I? or Why am I here?

Do you have any early memories of believing that God is Creator?

What do you think spiritual infants need most?

 

1 In the Beginning—Homework

Reflect

Read these verses from Psalm 139 and reflect on the questions below.

Psalm 139:13-14

For You formed my inmost being;

You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I will praise You,

for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

What do these verses reveal about the value of your life?

What does it mean for you to be a unique creation?

Is it important for you to know “who am I” and “why am I here?” Why or why not?

Do you spend time looking into the mirror of the Word? Is this a focus for you?

Pray

As you begin these studies, ask God to reveal your identity and your purpose/design in life to you in a fresh and deeper way. Share with Him your desires for your own spiritual growth.

A great reward for a small sacrifice

Matthew 19:12
“For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it.”

There are people who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. But what is a eunuch? What does it mean to be a eunuch for the kingdom?

Eunuch for the King

Eunuch: eunouchos
A bed keeper; the superintendent of the women’s apartment or harem; an emasculated man; one naturally incapacitated for marriage or begetting children; one who voluntarily abstains from marriage

In a broad sense, the term eunuch could include someone who is voluntarily celibate, however in the traditional sense of the word, a eunuch was someone who had been castrated and no longer had any capacity for sexual desire or reproduction.

In ancient times, eunuchs were chosen as servants in the royal court. They were considered loyal, reliable, trustworthy and devoted servants. Because they had sacrificed their desire and could have no children of their own, they were entrusted to manage the royal harem.

A Eunuch’s Role

Ester 2:3, 8-9
“Let the king appoint overseers in all the provinces of his kingdom that they may gather every beautiful young virgin to the citadel of Susa, to the harem, into the custody of Hegai, the king’s eunuch, who is in charge of the women; and let their cosmetics be given them.
…So it came about when the command and decree of the king were heard and many young ladies were gathered to the citadel of Susa into the custody of Hegai, that Esther was taken to the king’s palace into the custody of Hegai, who was in charge of the women. Now the young lady pleased him and found favor with him. So he quickly provided her with her cosmetics and food, gave her seven choice maids from the king’s palace and transferred her and her maids to the best place in the harem.

Hegai was the eunuch in charge of King Ahasuerus’ harem. When Queen Vashti displeased the king, she was banned from his presence and a new queen was sought out. A selection of beautiful young virgins were accepted into king’s harem for a time of preparation. During this time Hegai the eunuch served the king by overseeing the preparation of the potential brides.
For a year the young women were prepared for the king, with Ester receiving the best preparations. At the end of the year, Ester was presented to the king. The king was immediately pleased with Ester’s radiant beautiful and he took Ester as his bride and queen.

Revelation 19:7
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.”

Like Ester, the bride of Christ must be prepared for her King. Just as Ester had to go through a process of preparation in order to become the bride, so we cannot become the bride of Christ without spiritual preparation. As such, simply calling ourselves the bride of Christ is not enough. A bride is someone who is actively preparing for marriage. If we are to be the bride, we need to actively get ready. If we are to get ready, then we need to know how to prepare our hearts for Christ. It is for this purpose that the One with Christ studies have been written. The goal of the studies is that each individual believer would be prepared to become Jesus’ bride and know the reality of becoming one with Christ.

Leaders of Love

Thus if the church is to become the bride of Christ then we need leaders who will focus us on love and help us to get ready for Jesus. We need people who will be like Hegai and will prepare us for love. We need spiritual eunuchs.

2 Corinthians 11:2-3
For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.

Like Paul, spiritual eunuchs labor to present each person as a pure virgin to Christ. They speak the word of love and unity, so that each individual bride of Christ might fall in love with Jesus. They speak the word of purity so that each heart may be prepared for His presence. They serve the King by serving the Bride, knowing that each bride will be an immense blessing of love to Jesus.

In 2 Corinthians Paul writes to call people away from false teachers who exalted themselves and led people away from devotion to Christ. They did not call people to love God with all their heart. Instead, these teachers led people to depend on them, rather than prepare them solely for Christ. They led people into works rather than grace and so defiled the bride and ruined her preparations. They distracted the bride away from the Bridegroom and kept her from truly loving Him.

The same is true in our time. If the church is to become the bride then we need leaders who will prepare us for Jesus. Without leaders who prepare and empower us to love, we will be like the foolish virgins who miss out on the wedding feast. We will live and die without knowing the reality of loving Jesus as our Bridegroom. So like the believers at Corinth, we urgently need correction. We need people who will call us to return to the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. We need leaders who will lead us back to our first love and who will give us a clear vision and goal: to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to become one with Him. Will you be one of these leaders?

Unique Joy

We cannot lead others where we have not been ourselves. So if we want the ministry of the spiritual eunuch, we must first give ourselves to loving God with all our heart and becoming one with Him. Having entered into marriage to Christ, we can then become a eunuch for the kingdom. As we take on this ministry, we will discover the unique joy of serving Jesus by preparing His bride.

John 3:26-30
And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified, behold, He is baptizing and all are coming to Him.” John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven. You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ’I am not the Christ,’ but, ’I have been sent ahead of Him.’ He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made full. He must increase, but I must decrease.”

As we see the each bride fall in love with Jesus, we will know riches that surpass understanding. We will experience the awesome joy of seeing Jesus deeply blessed as He finds new love. Our joy will be made full as we see Jesus come to take His bride, having accepted her as pure, clean, prepared and full of love.

One Small Sacrifice

In becoming a spiritual eunuch, we must first make a small sacrifice for such a great reward. Just as eunuchs sacrificed their sexual desire through castration, so our sacrifice is that we give up all desire for the bride and live only for our King’s pleasure. So what does this mean practically?

It means that we no longer regard the affection or respect of people. We do not seek our own ministry or reputation. We do not lead people to depend on us, our message, or our ministry. We do not take the place of the Spirit in people’s lives. We do not elevate ourselves. Instead our sole focus is on preparing the bride for Jesus. At every point, we compel the bride to turn to Jesus. We constantly call people to give their lives to loving Him. We build faith and desire in the bride for Jesus. We relentlessly fight against everything that would spoil or stain the bride, striving to present her clean, pure, and ready for His love.

So please. Please. The bride of Christ needs you. Prepare your heart. Seek God to make you one with Christ. Die to yourself that you may live as a eunuch for Him. Give yourself to preparing the bride to love Jesus with all her heart and to become one with Him. Please answer His call and know the joy of seeing Jesus and His bride fall in love, time and again.

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