Lately, the Lord has been speaking to me about the world listed above. It is the Greek word, dulos, meaning in English: a slave, a bondman, devoted to another to the disregard of one's own interests.
Christ was a bondservant. Paul was a bondservant. And now the Lord is asking me, are you going to be a bondservant to me?
Paul, in describing Jesus, said in Philippians 2:7, "But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant..."
In Acts, Jesus is referenced five times in relation to being the Lord's Servant.
Paul identified himself as a servant of Jesus' in the book of Romans, Galatians, and Titus. James, Jude, Peter and John all referred to themselves as a servant of Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:1 says, "Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart to the gospel of God..." Something that I noted when I heard this verse recently was that before Paul was called, he was a servant. Our first job is to be a servant of the Most High God.
"The passion of Christianity comes from deliberately signing away my rights and becoming a bondservant of Jesus Christ." - Oswald Chambers
As I've thought more and more on this topic, I've come to the conclusion that the opposite of being a bondservant of Christ is self. The quote above states that there comes a passion for Christ when signing away our "rights" for the sake of Christ. So often I don't do that.
My self, my "rights", my "time", all hinder me truly being a bondservant of Christ, because I am still maintaining that I am in control of these things, that I am still on the throne of my life.
It was brought to my attention today that our culture breeds this obsession with self-enthronment. Have you looked at Facebook lately? Facebook, Instagram and social media sites of the like are all about the person running the page. It's about how many likes we can get on a picture. Or how many likes we can get on a "super spiritual" status we write. We are the face of our profile pictures, taking more "selfies" than we can count.
And I ask myself, does this edify me?
Does this draw me closer to the heart of my God?
I don't know about you, but I am tired of self. I'm not the center of the universe. I did not create it. I do not sustain it. I do not care for it. I do not know each name of the star or how many hairs are on each individuals heads. I did not come to earth to die on a cross for the sins of the world.
With all this in mind, I've come to a decision.
Starting in the beginning of 2014, I will be taking a break from social media. I'm not sure how long I will be away. I want to focus on God and all that He is instead of self. I want to take the time I have away from all of this and let the Lord really make me into His servant, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, devoted to Christ to the disregard of myself.