Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life[a] was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
– Romans 1:1-6
“Paul was overwhelmed with the sense of his indebtedness to Jesus Christ, and he spent his life to express it. The greatest inspiration in Paul’s life was his view of Jesus Christ as his spiritual creditor. Do I feel that same sense of indebtedness to Christ regarding every unsaved soul? As a saint, my life’s spiritual honor and duty is to fulfill my debt to Christ in relation to these lost souls. Every tiny bit of my life that has value I owe to the redemption of Jesus Christ. Am I doing anything to enable Him to bring His redemption into evident reality in the lives of others? I will only be able to do this as the Spirit of God works into me this sense of indebtedness.
“I am not a superior person among other people— I am a bondservant of the Lord Jesus. Paul said, “…you are not your own…you were bought at a price…” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Paul sold himself to Jesus Christ and he said, in effect, “I am a debtor to everyone on the face of the earth because of the gospel of Jesus; I am free only that I may be an absolute bondservant of His.” That is the characteristic of a Christian’s life once this level of spiritual honor and duty becomes real. Quit praying about yourself and spend your life for the sake of others as the bondservant of Jesus. That is the true meaning of being broken bread and poured-out wine in real life.”
– Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
We are free to be a servant. Interesting. A servant does his master’s bidding. In earthly examples of this, it seems to be the furthest thing from free that you can get. Even when not a slave, the servant is stuck due to the lack of similar employment elsewhere, lack of marketable skills, etc.
Yet, we are free from the yoke of sin and our master is a loving God who showers us with blessings. In 1971, I obtained a very low draft number in the draft lottery. From that point until I retired, I was following the dreams of other people and providing for my family. Now that I am retired, I get to work as a bond servant for God.
The Apostle Paul seems too excited about being free to be a servant in his introduction to the book of Romans. Actually, he probably was trying to keep his salutation short and express a summary of his love and devotion to serve Jesus in as few words as possible.
Being a bond servant for God is more fulfilling than anything that I have ever done in industry in the past 40 years.
This is a short post for me. My wife is ill and surgery (or surgeries) may be coming in the future. She is in God’s hands. I am there with her. I give God the Glory and I trust Him.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.