When I was a babe in Christ, I learned about God’s word, the Holy Bible, from everywhere but the Holy Bible itself. YouTube was hardly a way for Bible study in 2002, but I would read and study devotional books. Bible devotionals like, “Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren, “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” by Max Lucado are really just commentary on their interpretation of scripture, and some are good. I became more bondservant by the Lord when I got the real meaning of being devoted to God when I pray for His spirit to give me direction and read straight from the Holy Bible alone. Years ago, when I was living with the Huffman family, in Gallatin, Missouri, I read a devotional book about Paul’s letter to the Roman churches. The first chapter of the devotional talks about how Paul greeted himself, a bondservant of Christ Jesus, and did that in other letters in the New Testament. As I study other scripture that wasn’t written by Paul, other faithful saints would call themselves bondservants of the Lord Most High.
1 Samuel 1:18 She said, “Let your bond-servant find favor in your sight.” So the woman went on her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad. 19 Then they got up early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned again to their house in Ramah. And Elkanah had relations with Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. 20 It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him of the Lord.”
Luke 1:46 And Mary said: “My soul exalts the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 48 For He has had regard for the humble state of His bond-servant; For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed. 49 For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name.
Followers of the Lord have different titles that are written in the holy scriptures. /Sons/Children of God, Jews/Hebrews/Israelites, Christians, or Saints are the most common, but I prefer the title bondservant. Bondservant has the same definition as servitude, but the evil world turns servitude into harsh slavery. Slavery is forcing an individual or a group into anything against their will. Sin is one form of slavery that leads to harsh death. A bondservant to the Lord gains everlasting life; those who are a slave of sin gains the wages of death. Jesus Christ is not asking anything, that He has not done Himself and is still doing. Jesus Christ made Himself a bondservant and allowed Himself to die like a guilty sinner on the cross for the sins of those He created. He was not forced to do it. He did not complain about it; He did not defend Himself, He only told His Heavenly Father, whatever You will is Abba Father, I will do it.
Another form of slavery or servitude is one who pays off a debt they owe. The debtor works until their debt is paid off and sometimes a whole family will be servitude bondservants. If a person believes Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and accepts the price He paid for our guilty sins, you become His bondservant. Jesus Christ’s execution sacrifice was hard for Him. He was God in human flesh. Jesus felt pain and agony. His most tremendous pain was not feeling His Heavenly Father’s presence, but He did it so He could have yours and my presence with Him in heaven. The question you ask yourself and the word of God is, do you love the Lord Jesus Christ enough to be His bondservant, like He was and still is? God bless you all, the bondservant Lord Jesus loves you, and so do I. His bondservant, Samuel Head.
Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility consider one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself by taking the form of a bondservant and being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death: death on a cross.
Revelation 22:6 And he said to me, “These words are faithful and true”; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show His bond-servants the things which must soon take place. 7 “And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”