The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw (Rev. 1:1-2).
God personally gave this truth about His Son. This message was directed towards the bond-servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. A bondservant is a slave. We are called to be Christ’s slaves. I know that slavery does not have positive connotations, yet that is the meaning of the word bondservant. We are Christ’s slaves, but we do have the choice to be a slave to Christ or a slave to the world. Either way slavery will claim us. We are under the curse of slavery because of sin. Jesus set His bondservants free from the power of slavery to sin. The Apostles called themselves bondservants. They willingly and joyfully set aside their own interests to serve the Lord Jesus. This was no easy feat. These men were beaten. Many were imprisoned. They faced false accusers. Life was hard. Yet they surrendered the comfortable life for the sufferings of indentured servant hood. The wages were not to be paid in this life. Who would willingly do this? The answer- men who loved Jesus. They had set their eyes on an eternal award. They had fixed their eyes on Jesus. When I think about indentured servant hood words like willingly, surrender, suffering, chains, and slave come to mind. Who willingly surrenders their own comfort for a life of suffering, chains, and slavery? We do, if we are to be called bondservants. If we want to receive the Revelation of Jesus, we choose to become Christ’s slaves. Gone are the days of making my own choices. Beloved servant, there are days you will wrestle with your own desires over His will. The burden of the chains will feel heavier than usual. Sin will fight to gain rights to you. Daily you will rise and make the decision to stay indentured to Christ. Fix your eyes on Jesus, the man who took on humanity, suffered and was humiliated for you. He saw you, now behold Him.
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. - Heb. 12:2
Father, Thank you for the Revelation of Jesus that you gave your bondservants. Today, I willingly surrender my comforts for a life of absolute devotion to Jesus. I am a servant of your son. My life is not my own. The life I now live, I live for Jesus. It is my greatest pleasure to become your bondservant.
Scriptures to Meditate on:
Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God (Romans 1:1).
For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ (Galatians 1:10).
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:5-8).
The Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged (2 Timothy 2:24).
Just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf (Colossians 1:7).
As to all my affairs, Tychicus, our beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow bond-servant in the Lord, will bring you information (Colossians 4:7).
And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God the Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations (Revelation 15:3).