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Behold, Your Bondservant by Holly Dye

If your servant comes in from plowing or from taking care of the sheep, would you say, “Welcome! Come on in and have something to eat”? No, you wouldn’t say that. You would say, “Fix me something to eat. Get ready to serve me, so I can have my meal. Then later on you can eat and drink.” Servants don’t deserve special thanks for doing what they are supposed to do. And that’s how it should be with you. When you’ve done all you should, then say, “We are merely servants, and we have simply done our duty.” (Luke 17:7-10)

I think it very interesting that the apostles, though they spoke of our place as sons, empathically referred to themselves as servants…acknowledging Jesus as their Lord.

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God (Rom 1:1)

Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons (Phil 1:1)

Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness (Tit 1:1)

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. (James 1:1)

Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ (2Pet 1:1)

Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called (Jude 1:1)

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John (Rev 1:1)

I also found it interesting that when Christians are mentioned in the book of Revelation, they are referred to as His servants. (Rev. 1:1; 2:20; 7:3; 10:7; 11:18; 15:3; 19:2; 19:5; 22:3; 22:6)

15 times in the New Testament, Christians are referred to as sons; 27 times, they are referred to as servants. What am I trying to say here? That we forsake our sonship and look at our relationship with the Father as bondage? Not at all – but we must ask ourselves, do we really understand what it means to have a Lord?

I think it would then behoove us to look at the word bond-servant. As Americans, we really shy away from the words servant, slave, slavery, because for us, it represents everything that we broke away from as a country. We were founded upon freedom and any talk of bondage is detestable to us, as a nation. Nevertheless, a bond-servant was a slave who had been offered his freedom, but who, of his own volition, chose to remain a slave and serve his master faithfully. The master didn’t force him to stay or to do his bidding, but it was the slave who chose joyfully and willingly to take on the role of slave.

A servant understands that his life no longer belongs to himself. Someone else has ownership of him. Someone paid for him. He no longer has say-so over his life.

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1Cor 6:19-20)

We have been given great freedom through Christ Jesus, but in order for Him to have His rightful place as Lord in our lives, we must choose to have the mind of a servant. Jesus, Himself, gave us this example.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (Phil 2:5-8)

It therefore stands to reason that if we are to let the same mind be in us as was in Christ Jesus, and that meant he made himself of no reputation and took upon Himself the form of a servant, humbling Himself, then should we not follow in His footsteps? Should our lives not mirror our Master’s?

The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. (Mat 10:24-25)

Someone said “in the New Testament, there are over 300 times, Jesus is referred to as Lord; 8 times He is referred to as Savior.” Now, I haven’t counted it myself, but if this be true, we need to really pay attention to it.  Notice Paul made a point that in order to be born again, you had to confess something about Jesus. What was it?

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Rom 10:9)

What is it that you have to confess? Jesus is what ? LORD. This seems to be the very first thing our God wants us to be aware of. To become His, He must be our Lord, our Master…and in turn, we must yield our lives as His servants.

Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. (John 13:13)

It’s no longer about what we want or desire…

It’s no longer about our plans for our future…

It’s no longer about our likes or dislikes…

It’s no longer about our comfort…

or our happiness…

or our contentment…

We must throw ourselves wholly upon our Master and be willing to lay down everything to take up His will for us.

But, here is the most beautiful thing about our Master, our Lord…and that is this, He is not a tyrant. You can trust Him completely. He will not abuse His power over you nor push you to destruction.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  (Matt 11:29-30)

What happenend to that beautiful song we used to sing?

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus // There’s just something about that name // Master, Savior, Jesus // Like the fragrance after the rain // Jesus, Jesus, Jesus // Let all Heaven and earth proclaim // Kings and kingdoms shall all pass away // But there’s something about that name!

MASTER, Savior, Jesus…We say our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but is He your LORD? Is He? Or is He a side-thought? A passing whim? A mythological fantasy in your mind? A lucky charm in your pocket?

He must be ALL or He is nothing to you.

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Luke 6:46)

Behold, O Lord, your bond-servant. Be it unto me according to Your will.


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