This needs to go with Saved (1980, Columbia 36553) and Shot Of Love (1981, Columbia 37496) as exemplars of his overtly Christian songwriting. From a man born a Jew who became a born-again Christian, this was always going to becontroversial. Not surprisingly, his music reflects that.
This period alienated many fans, while producing new ones. His faith and the importance of Christian/Biblical teaching underpin the songs. Gotta Serve Somebody is a song that sums up the mood. It says that you may be an ambassador, boxer, socialite, businessman or thief, but you got to serve somebody(thing), it could be the devil or the Lord. For him, it can only be Jesus.
Not all the songs are his own. Saved’s A Satisfied Mind is a much-covered hit, but it’s the sentiment that counts for him. From the Shot Of Love album, he combined secular with religious tunes. Perhaps the most recognised is Every Grain Of Sand, a possible update of Chimes Of Freedom inspired by Genesis, Psalms, Mark, Matthew and Luke and William Blake’s poetry: "to see a world in a grain of sand".
Listen (and watch): Bob Dylan - You Gotta Serve Somebody