Being A Bondservant of Christ

This morning at church, during the worship service, the beginning scriptures from this week’s Torah Portions  Mishpatim | משפטים | “Judgments” came to mind.

Exodus 21:1-2, 5-6 “Now these are the rules that you shall set before them. 2 When you buy a Hebrew slave,he shall serve six years, and in the seventh he shall go out free, for nothing. 3 If he comes in single, he shall go out single; if he comes in married, then his wife shall go out with him. 4 If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out alone. 5 But if the slave plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’ 6 then his master shall bring him to Elohim, and he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall bore his ear through with an awl, and he shall be his slave forever.

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I listen to the Torah Portions several times each week to ponder their insights. In past years for these scriptures I have researched the other scriptures in the New Testament where the Apostle Paul speaks of being a (G1401 doulos) “bondservant” of Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God

It also brings to mind the scriptures that say,

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

As these thoughts of being a willing “bondservant” of Christ because I so love my LORD and Master, the song we were singing ends and the choir goes into this song,

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The song sings of a life that is surrendered to the authority of Jesus Christ as Lord. God forces this attitude of the heart on no one. It is as the scriptures from Exodus say, “I Love My Master” so I give myself willingly to Him.

As I am being amazed by the thought that those scriptures were so related to the song we were about to sing and that possibly the Holy Spirit had lead my mind in that direction, another thought comes. Jesus spoke these words,

John 10:9  I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

The servant willing to “forever” be a slave to his master was taken before God to a “door or doorpost” where his ear was put against the door or beam and pierced through with an awl.

My mind is thinking, “Jesus is the Door” so where do I put my ear to get it pierced to make me His servant forever? Then another thought comes, “the cross.”

Luke 9:23-24 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. 

So as we sing, “I Give Myself Away” these thoughts of giving up authority over my life to Jesus Christ and willingly being a “doulos” and daily picking up my cross and placing my ear against it race through my head. “My life is not my own, to You I belong” Lord I willingly surrender to you.

When the worship service ended Bishop Drew began to preach his sermon titled, “Captain Marvel.” The title comes from these scriptures,

Luke 7:1-10 Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. 3 So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, 5 “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.”

6 Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. 7 Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

9 When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” 10 And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.

As Bishop Drew preached his message from the “faith” viewpoint, my thoughts were still focused on the “doulos” bondservant point of view. The centurion “loved his servant who was dear to him.” For this reason alone the centurion sends elders to plead with Jesus to come and heal his beloved  bondservant. Upon hearing that Jesus is on his way to his home he sends his friends to tell Jesus that he understands the “authority” that Jesus walks in. Not only is the centurion the authority over those under him, he is also under the authority of those over him. The centurion understands the power of words if they are received with the “authority” they carry. The centurion’s “faith” is as much in the full understanding of “submission to authority” as it is in believing that Jesus had the power to heal.

Isn’t this a picture of what our life should look like if we are submitted to the authority of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?” Why should we worry about the events of life if we live it out as submissive servants and not as disobedient rebels. Isn’t Jesus a better Master than this centurion could ever be. Didn’t He say that He would leave the 99 sheep to go out and look for the 1 that was lost. If we really grasp that God “never slumbers or sleeps” and that He is sovereign over every event in our life, should we ever walk in fear?

Then Bishop Drews sermon went to the Bible verses when Jesus was asleep in the boat when a storm came up and was taking on water. In fear, His disciples wake Him up and say,  “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 

Mark 4:40  But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”

I think the rebuke Jesus gives His disciples for being “fearful” is because of their lack of believing that Jesus would not let anything happen to them that was outside of the will of God, even while He was sleeping. They had seen many miracles done by Jesus to deliver and heal many “strangers.” Shouldn’t they, and we believe that our God, Lord and Savior will care for us at all times and all the more if we are living submissive lives “IN Christ.”

If we really understand the Love God has for us and we are honestly living a life to the best of our ability to “remain IN Christ” shouldn’t it bring us to a place of peace and rest fully trusting in Him?

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

Many of us have to get past the fear from “loves” in our life that have let us down. The Love of God is so much superior to anything we can imagine. His Providence and Sovereignty over our lives should be a place of refuge, a secret place.

Recently I was studying some words in scriptures of 1 Peter chapter 2. The ones highlighted in pink are the ones I looked up in Strong’s concordance.

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They speak of Jesus as the “corner stone” the builders rejected but “Unto you therefore which believe He is Precious:… the same is made the head of the “(G1137) corner,”

Strongs G1137 – corner, an angle:- corner quarter.

  • Thayer’s Definition – 1. corner,
  • a. an external angle, a corner
  • b. internal corner, i.e. a secret place

Jesus should be the secret place we can take refuge from every trial of life. Yesterday’s verse of the day was,

https://www.mydailybible.org/dv/nkjv/2020-02-22.htm

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”” (Psalms 91:1-2 NKJV)

Pierce my ear, O Lord, my God.
Take me to Your door this day.
I will serve no other god.
Lord, I’m here to stay.

For You have paid the price for me.
With Your blood You ransomed me.
I will serve You eternally.
A free man I’ll never be.

So pierce my ear, O Lord, my God.
Take me to Your door this day.
I will serve no other god.
Lord, I’m here to stay.
Lord, I’m here to stay.

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