James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ… - James 1:1
I spent a great deal of time researching the phrase bond-servant this morning. What I came to realize is this term is used for the servant who has willingly given himself to something. This means that his servitude was not force buy voluntary.
The next logical question then is, “Am I a bond-servant to Jesus?” Have I come willingly, and I have I come as a servant. These are two very important words because it defines my relationship to the Savior.
First, willingly. This means I voluntarily accept His commands. He is not forcing me to follow Scripture, but I do so of my own free accord. Therefore, the Bible changes from a set of rules to follow to a life I have chosen to live. Also, then the opposite is true, I can choose to reject this life and live anyway I want. We are not forced captives of Christ but volunteers in His service.
Second, the word servant. This means, I have chosen to serve. If I am not doing what I do for Him, then I am not serving anyone but myself. But I have chosen to serve Him not myself. Therefore, I want to be a good servant because it is what I have chosen, not what was forced onto me.
So, when the opportunities arise to serve I should be ready to step up and give my all for Him. Not just when it is convenient for me, but anytime He calls upon me to move in His name. I want to be the best servant I can be, so Lord let my ears hear and my eyes see where you have for me to serve in this world and in the Church.
May the Lord Guide You,