BILL’S BLOG ENTRY #17

From “Discipleship and Discipline”, by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

“CHAPTER TWO: WHAT IS DISCIPLINE?

“The account of Abraham’s chief servant in Genesis 24 also shows us the third important characteristic or attribute of disciples, that is, disciples are disciplined.  Abraham’s chief servant exercised authority over others, over material resources and over his own flesh to the accomplishment of his master’s purposes. He was self-controlled; he managed his master’s resources efficiently and effectively and he was trustworthy.  Having taken an oath to do his master’s bidding, he brooked no interference in the completion of his task.  In Genesis 24: 2, the Scriptures note that this servant “had charge of all he (Abraham) had.  Verses 2-60 depict how this chief servant administered his master’s resources.  Had Eliezer been untrustworthy, he could have left Abraham and never looked back.  He obviously had enough wealth in the form of the gold, the gifts, the camels and the people under his authority to set himself up in the land of Ur or elsewhere.  He was all the way on the other side of the known world at the point he encountered Rebekah.  He could have been deceitful and made off with her for himself.  Yet, at every turn, Eliezer was mindful of the fact that he was on a mission for his master and he was disciplined enough to remain faithful.”

About THE DISCIPLE

William H. “Bill” Hicks is a graduate of Wesleyan University, BA, Religion, 1971 who also holds a Masters in Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health (1973). Bill also has studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He grew up in Harlem, New York City, USA during the 1950s and 1960s, graduating from high school before attending Mount Hermon Preparatory School and undergraduate school in Connecticut. He has spent most of his professional life in the public health arena, while being constantly in ministry. He received his license to preach the Gospel at Oklahoma City, OK in 1971. He has written extensively on Christian topics. He enjoys life in Chattanooga, TN with former District Public Defender Ardena Garth Hicks, his wife of 30 years. They have two daughters, Rachel (BA, University of Memphis magna cum laude, 2014) and Sarah (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Global Scholar, University of Tulsa, 2017).
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