What is a slave or a bond-servant as it is sometimes called in the Bible? It is a person who is the property of and wholly subject to another…one who is bound to service without wages. Why you might ask should we have a slave mentality in our walk with Christ. Our world is progressive, it’s enlightened. Our technology and knowledge at this point in history is off the charts. We can have information in a nano-second, we can fly around the world in just a matter of hours. So should we go backwards in our thinking about our relationship with Jesus? In some ways YES.
Matthew 20:27-28 (NKJV) states, “And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Jesus came from heaven to ‘serve’ – He came to be the sacrifice for our sins. In knowing that…and giving our hearts to Him—we, in turn, should be a slave to Him and not the world around us. We are told in Philippians 2:5-7 (NLT) that, “Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Though He was God, He did not demand and cling to His rights as God. He made Himself nothing; He took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form.” Jesus came to free us from sin but in doing so we can’t forget that our lives and what we do should be based on His will and not our own.
In the old testament if a Hebrew ended up, for whatever reason, as a slave he had to be freed in the jubilee year. But if this slave loved his master he could decide to remain a slave. In Exodus 21:6 (JSB), his master shall take him before God. He shall be brought to the door or the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall then remain his slave for life. A slave for life—- just because he loved his master. The study notes indicated that to ‘pierce the ear’ may symbolize the servant’s obligation to have his ear permanently open to hear his master’s orders. What kind of master would that have to be to give up one’s freedom? What kind of love would you have for your master for you to always hear the master’s orders…and obey them.
In many of Paul’s writings, he talks of us being a slave to sin and the world but that through the blood of Jesus we do not have to be a slave to sin any longer. I can testify to what being a slave to sin can do to your life. I know how your mind works when you think you’re having a ‘good’ time but then when all your friends are gone how paranoia can set in. The longing for something to fill the hole you have inside. The devil will tell you he has just the right thing…whether it’s drugs, alcohol, a person, gambling, pornography…these will only make the hole larger and darker. At first you may think you can handle it—you won’t become addicted to anything—you’re much smarter and stronger than to do something like that. But, that is a smokescreen that satan will either allow you to think or even put in your head. He does not want you thinking or knowing about the truth of his deception.
The world would have us believe that Jesus was just a man. That there was nothing special about Him or His ministry. Some would even say the Bible is just a fairy tale. The stories aren’t true…they weren’t written by the inspiration of God. And because they too were given a free will—they can believe it. But the danger of that is spending an eternity in hell, without the love of God.
God allows us to choose all things in our life. He is the One that created us. We can choose to live for Him or we can choose to serve satan. And even when we decide to ask Him into our hearts—He still allows us the freedom to do as we wish…but that freedom comes with a responsibility. The responsibility to love Him more each day, to spend time with Jesus in prayer, to read and study God’s word so we know what He desires of us.
Are you a ‘slave’ for life? Am I? When God first laid this subject on my heart I really had to do a lot of soul-searching and I can honestly tell you—I came up very short in a lot of ways. Is my love and attitude towards people the same as Jesus? Do I want to be seen by others instead of doing what I know God desires of me without any ‘pats on the back’? Even though I know He gave me free will—do I instead, seek God’s will and direction for my life? Am I pursuing my relationship with Jesus with all my heart, my mind, my soul? Is there a ’hole’ in my ear that I asked my Master to place there? How would you answer the above questions? No matter what we decide individually about our soul and walk with Jesus…God’s plan for this world will come to pass. His word is true! As for me—I choose to be a slave to Him. I choose to daily ask Jesus to help me to walk in His will…to discern the things He has for me. I want to stay humbly before Him in all things and all ways. Because the truth of the matter is – the only true freedom we have is found in Christ Jesus!