One of the most powerful means God uses to guide us is for the word of God to be embodied in the life of one of his servants. We see this all the time in the scriptures. We read of the loneliness of Abraham, who is called the friend of God, the shyness of Moses who grew into a great servant, who regarded disgracefor the sake of Christas of greater value than the treasures of Egypt. We admire the rugged discipline of Noah who in holy fear built an ark. We bow before the fortitude and perseverance of Jeremiah and the guile of Esther. I could go on recounting the life's of the heroes who form such a cloud of witness's around us.
But if we are honest with ourselves, do we really understand the term – servant of God? Who are they? Are there any in todays world? From Wikipedia we read the definition as – used to describe a person believed to be pious in his or her faith tradition.
The word translated from the Greek as servant in Pauls mind, had a different meaning, for when Paul write that we are a servant of God he had in mind a bond-slave. Doulos in its full definition means = a slave, bondman, man of servile condition; devoted to another to the disregard of one's own interests.
Is this the understanding that we have of the term? Someone who has been brought by some one else and has no recognize rights, legal or moral to their own life. The recent raw movie '12 Years a Slave' brought home to us the rugged reality of being a bond salve.
This demonstrates how far from God our understanding is concerning his concepts and truths, for we have either misunderstood them due to our fallen nature or we have twisted his wisdom and knowledge due to our flirtation with the enemy. God has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise and the academics.
Today the disciples of Jesus would come from a group of 'down and outs,' those on the bottom rung of todays 'pecking order.' Garbage collectors, farmers, rugged labourers and supermarket trolley trollers.
It is from this collection of men that the world does not count worthy, that God will mould into his bond slaves, disciples that will incarnate the word of God to the darkened 21st. century. Men and women who will be at the cutting edge of Gods out poring of his knowledge in these last days.
One of Gods greatest servants that the world has known proclaimed the coming of the Lamb that was to be slain. He pointed people to Jesus and said that he must decrease, while the Lamb of God was to increase. This is the function of Gods bond slave in these end times. We are to be witnesses to what we have seen and heard while in our prayer closet. We are to point the lost sheep to the Head shepherd. For did not John the Baptist cry out 'Repent – behold the Lamb of God?'
O what joy there is in heaven when one of Gods servants points a lost sheep to the slain lamb. But what a school of discipleship these humble people have graduated from. Years of graduation in the disciplines of Separation, Sorrow, Supreme Sanctification and Suffering. These bond slaves are jewels in the crown of the risen Lord, for they are not their own as they sojourn in their adopted county. But they are worth ten thousand and more compared to 'church pew warmers.' The Lord of all the earth would rather work with one bond slave than a number of churches full of today's average believer. O the joy to be guided by these saintly men and women of God, for there is much joy in heaven when they are pointing sinners to Christ.
Get down on your knees the reader of this blog and confess in godly sorrow that you are not this bond slave that God has planned you to be. The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few. Gods believers have demanded and gained emancipation with the assistance of the enemy of God. The ranks of Gods workers are small and there is much work to do. What is the work? The work is prayer, this is our work and we do not do enough of it. Pray to the Lord of the harvest and he will engineer you, his bond-slave into circumstances and thrust you out, to point your neighbours to him.
Unless we become fixated with our weaknesses and believe we are unworthy of such a calling, caste your mind to David, who was called a friend of God. He sinned through disobedience, murder and adultery. And then there was Moses who in a moment of anger struck the rock twice. I could go on; but each servant of God mentioned in the scriptures had the same entangled nature as we do because of sin. But here is the clincher – God still used them and they did mighty works in his name.