God’s ways seem paradoxical to the human mind. He says, “To live, you must die. To find your life, you must lose it. To become strong, you must first become weak.”
One of the greatest paradoxes of all is this: To be truly free, you must become bound. To gain the greatest liberty in God, one must give up all rights and become a lifelong bondservant to the Lord Jesus Christ. There is a glorious servanthood that leads to the highest form of freedom. It is a voluntary surrender born out of love and affection, causing one to consider servitude even greater than liberty.
In a time when God’s people are obsessed with claiming their rights, taken with the Lord’s blessings and benefits, it would profit us all to allow the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to a place in God beyond anything we’ve yet discovered. It is in perfect divine order to receive all the good things from the hand of God, and no child of the Lord should feel guilty about the blessings and benefits poured upon him.
Yet we need to see there is something better than blessings and prosperity, something far more rewarding than all the other manifold benefits he daily gives us.
A bondservant is one who has entered a sacrament of service with his master. It is beautifully described in the following Scripture: “If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years; and in the seventh he shall go out free and pay nothing. …But if the servant plainly says, ‘I love my master… I will not go out free,’ then his master shall bring him to the judges. He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever” (Exodus 21:2-6, NKJV).
This is a picture of God’s concern for servants, but it also clearly portrays in type and shadow the bondservants of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is the master in this account, and we are the servants whose freedom has been purchased. The cross is God’s Sabbath, the year of release for all prisoners, captives, slaves and servants, and we who were sold under the Law have been set free by grace! We are freed from sin, yet bondservants to Christ, all our days, by choice.