Bond-servant: slave, bondman, man of servile condition
a) a slave
b) be devoted to another’s desires and wishes to the disregard of one’s own interests
Imagine if you will, waking up one morning and being taken to a slave market. As you stand on the auction block, the bidding begins and when it is all over, you are taken away to begin your life as a slave. Your owner will feed you, clothe you, and provide a place for you to sleep, but you BELONG to him. He tells you what to do, and (if you are a good slave) your actions and desires are only to please him. The problem is that you don’t know how to please him, so he begins to instruct you. Day by day he teaches you what he wants done and how to do it. Before long, you are able to do tasks without his direct supervision. As you learn, if you are a good slave, you are given more and more difficult and complicated tasks. But remember, all of these tasks are to please him only. You may get some satisfaction and pleasure from doing them, but then again you might not. In fact, some of the tasks you are given to do are hard, dirty and sometimes painful or dangerous.
We in America have a difficult time with the idea of being a slave. We even have a problem with being a servant. We like our freedom and independence and want to have the final say about our lives. This attitude creates a real problem for many Christians. We want salvation, but on our terms. We want to have input on what we do, how we do it and what our reward should be for doing it. But the truth is, we were bought at a price. We have a new owner. Our choice now is whether we are going to be ‘good and faithful servants’ or ‘a stiff-necked and rebellious people’. To obey or not, God leaves the choice to us.
One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?” Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ “The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17