Thoughts from the Sycomore’s weekly reading of Romans…
1:1 Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God
It’s astounding tome that slavery still exists in this world. As I think about it some more and read through the rest of this chapter 1, however, it’s not that surprising is it? We live in such a depraved world. Everything seems to revolve around monetary gain. That’s at the core of slavery isn’t it? It’s a business. That’s what makes it so horrifying to me—someone’s life for financial gain. I couldn’t even imagine what life must be like for someone who is a slave. Then I read today’s text.
The Apostle Paul calls himself a BOND-SERVANT of Christ Jesus. A bond-servant is a slave who has actually been set free, and yet, chooses to remain with the master. That choice is binding. Meaning, that once someone who has been set free chooses to essentially become a slave again, will never again be set free. Who would choose something like that?! Well, the Apostle Paul calls himself such a bond-servant. And the only reason that he or anyone else would describe themselves as bond-servants is not because of who they are. It’s because of who his Master is—Jesus Christ Himself. Paul realized that once he was set free, he wanted to remain with the one who had set him free. He saw that there was nothing that this world could offer that could compare to the freedom offered to him as a bondservant of Jesus Christ. I concur. I desire nothing more an nothing less than to serve He who has set us free. #desiringGod2017