For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. (1 Cor. 7:22) Oswald Chambers says in his devotional, My Utmost for His Highest,
"The Passion of Christianity comes from deliberately signing away my own rights and becoming a bondservant of Jesus Christ"
The word bondservant comes from the Greek word doulos, meaning “one who is subservient to, and entirely at the disposal of, his master." Under Mosaic law, once a slave had fulfilled his payment, he had the option of becoming a bondservant. In other words to willingly choose to serve his master.
Now you may be thinking... why on earth would anyone do that? A bondservant served his master essentially for free, but the master had the requirement of providing for and protecting his willful servant. Choosing to be a bondservant meant that you trusted the master.
When we submit ourselves as bondservants of Christ we willfully lay down our lives to the Good Shepherd, a Loving Master. He never leaves nor forsakes us, He takes our lives and as a Father takes us into His family and pours out His provision and protection.
Another option to being a bondservant was to be a hired servant. The hired servant received wages for his labor, had the power to pick his master, and also had the ability to choose how long he would serve.
Many people are wanting to come to Christ as hired servants. We want rewards and accolades for our work, we want to choose where we go and what we do, and we want the option of bailing out if things don't go the way we plan.
Paul and others gladly referred to themselves as bondservants of Christ. (Romans 1:1, Phil. 1:1, James 1:1...) Choosing to die to myself and my desires (Col. 3:3) frees me to come alive in Christ. Submitting as a bondservant to the Holy God means trusting Him to be Master and Lord.
There is no safer place to be than to be completely submitted to an all knowing God. He is able to lead and guide our lives better than we ever could. He is able to provide in ways we can't. He has supernatural protection beyond our understanding. HE IS GOD.
He is trustworthy. Choose to be a bondservant of Christ. Willfully surrender to Him.
Be Blessed, J. Tate