ways seem like paradoxes to the
human mind. He says, To live,
you must die. To find your life,
you must lose it. To become strong,
you must first become weak.
of the greatest paradoxes of all
is this: To be truly free, you must
become bound. To gain the greatest
liberty in God, one must give up
all rights and become a lifelong
bondservant to the Lord Jesus Christ.
There is a glorious love-slavery
that leads to the highest form of
freedom and liberty. It is a voluntary
surrender born out of love and affection,
causing one to consider servitude
even greater than sonship.
a time when God's people are obsessed
with claiming their rights, taken
with the Lord's blessings and benefits,
it would profit us all to allow
the Holy Spirit to open our eyes
to a place in God beyond anything
we've yet discovered. It is in perfect
divine order to receive all the
good things from the hand of God,
and no child of the Lord should
feel guilty about the blessings
and benefits poured upon him.
we need to see there is something
better than blessings and prosperity,
something far more rewarding than
all the other manifold benefits
he daily gives us.
bondservant is one who has entered
a sacrament of service with his
master. It is beautifully described
in the following Scripture:
thou buy an Hebrew servant, six
years he shall serve: and in the
seventh he shall go out free for
nothing. If he came in by himself,
he shall go out by himself: if he
were married, then his wife shall
go out with him. If his master have
given him a wife, and she have born
him sons or daughters, the wife
and her children shall be her master's,
and he shall go out by himself.
"And if the servant shall plainly
say, I love my master, my wife,
and my children; I will not go out
free: Then his master shall bring
him unto the judges; he shall also
bring him to the door, or unto the
door post; and his master shall
bore his ear through with an awl;
and he shall serve him forever"
is much more than a picture of God's
concern for slaves and servants.
In type and shadow, it clearly portrays
the bondservant of the Lord Jesus
is the Master in this account, and
we are the servants whose freedom
has been purchased. The cross is
God's Sabbath, the year of release
for all prisoners, captives, slaves,
and servants, and we who were sold
under the Law have been set free
are freed from sin, yet bondservants
to Christ, all our days, by choice.