Gotta Serve Somebody

In 1978, after his experience with Jesus, Bob Dylan wrote a song entitled, “Gotta Serve Somebody.” This basic principle of life could hardly be stated better.

You’ve gotta serve somebody!

In this thing we are thrown into called “life,” each of us has to serve somebody.

Oh, most people think they are their own person. I’m independent, I do what I want to do, I’m my own person, the captain of my ship. No one tells me what to do.

It’s a myth, a lie . . . it’s not true!

Why? because every person born into the world inherits the sin nature from our father, Adam. If that nature isn’t cancelled out by the blood of Christ, then it is alive and well for everyone who has not experienced the “new birth.”

So, to the person who hasn’t experinced the new birth, that person is a slave to sin. He serves Satan, the origiantor of sin.

. . . you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

Ephesians 2:2,3

Bob Dylan sang,

“You’ve gotta serve somebody, It might be the Devil or it might be the Lord, You gotta serve somebody, ”

He knew exactly what he was talking about. You either serve sin and Satan, or you serve Jesus. There is not a person who was ever born who was truly his own person. That is a myth, a lie. Every person on earth serves a master . . . Satan or Jesus. It’s as simple as that.

Bob Dylan apparently lost the light he had when he turned to Jesus, that period when he produced his album, Slow Train Coming, Some years ago, he stated on a talk show that his “Jesus time” was a stage he went through.

Still, the truth of his song, “You Gotta Serve Somebody” lives on.

In John 8:34, Jesus said, “. . . whoever commits sin is slave to sin.” Everyone born into the world sins. There has never been any person in history who did not commit sin, except Jesus Christ. So every person in the world was born a slave to sin.

Two verses later, Jesus gave the answer to the sin problem. He said, “. . . if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

The Apostle Paul says in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

If we continue to live in sin and die in our sins, our reward, or wages, is eternal death in hell. But God has made a way to get free from sin. Jesus Christ died for our sins, so that we can have both sin and its wages cancelled. Eternal life is a gift. You can’t earn it through good deeds or good living. It is a gift, so all we have to do is receive it. When we repent of our sins and ask forgiveness, then accept Christ in to our heart, we receive the free gift of eternal life.

Then, we no longer serve sin; we have a new master, Jesus Christ. That is what Bob Dylan meant in his song when he said, “You gotta serve somebody.”

So when we surrender to Christ, we no longer serve sin and the devil. We have a new master, Jesus Christ, who has set us free from sin, and we serve him in newness of life.

Romans 6:4 says, ” . . . even so, we should walk in newness of life.


All scriptures are taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.

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