Romans 1:1 (NKJV) 1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God.
I drive our high school youth group crazy when I focus on single words. When we started our study of Jude, I spent a 45-minute sermon on the words… Jude, a bondservant. Kidding aside, I do think it is important that we take our study of God’s scripture all the way down to single words. Sometimes we have a tendency to gloss over singular words when they are very important to the construction of the point the Lord is making. So, what does it mean to be a bondservant of Christ? Literally A Servant The term bondservant and slave are pretty comparable. The word slave was a lot different during New Testament times. Today we look at the term as very derogatory, the idea back then was more like a laborer. If a person found themselves in a debt they could not pay, they would often enter into an agreement with a wealthy person to pay their debt. Sometimes these slaves would ultimately decide to stay with their “master” for life. Paul understood that there was a sin debt that could only be paid through Jesus, thus he freely entered into this agreement. We have that same choice to make today. Turning Our Lives Over To Him When we come to the point where we admit the enormity of our sin, when we come to a place that we understand it comes at a cost that we are unable to bear, when we have come to the end of ourselves… we must turn our lives over to the One that can and has paid the redemptive price for our sins. No amount of good things can cover up our past sins, it is just not possible. The price of admission to heaven is perfection and nothing short of that will do. We have a sin nature that keeps us from the perfection needed. We NEED a Savior. Savior & Master If you are reading this, I assume that you have turned to Jesus to be your Savior, that is a very important step. The next step to take is to allow Him to be your Master. Have you gotten to that point? Have you given Christ total authority over everything in your life? Or are there parts we still hold close? Jesus is not interested in being anything less than our Master. Why should we allow this to happen? Because He knows what is best for us. He has great plans for us. Bondservant For Life
Are you ready to turn everything over to Jesus? Are you ready to go when He says go? Are you ready to depend completely upon Him for everything? Are you ready to be tied to Jesus in every conceivable way? Enter into this agreement knowing that He will not only pay our debt, He will set us on an incredible path, one so much better than any path we could ever even imagine. Closing Thoughts: We can turn to Christ for salvation, we can ask Him to be our Savior. He will be faithful to pay that debt. We can also take that a step further and enter a relationship over servitude. We can give our lives over to the works of the Lord. Are you ready to let Jesus have the whole of your life? Are you ready for a deep and profound walk with the Lord? His ways are so much better than ours, why would we settle for our goals when His are so much better? Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.