When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, a number of things occurred in our lives. Here are just three things that took place:
- We became children of the Living God. (Rom 8:16; 1 Joh 3:1-2)
- We became bondservants of Jesus Christ. (Eph 6:6; 1 Pet 2:15-16)
- We passed from darkness to light. (Col 1:13)
The Scriptures show a number of apostles and disciples who identify themselves as “bondservants” of Christ. Every believer should identify with this claim.
Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God . . . (Rom 1:11 NKJV)
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 ESV)
. . . not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart . . . (Eph 6:6 ESV)
A bondservant is a person who willingly becomes a slave to another person. The Mosaic Law allowed an indentured servant to become a bondservant voluntarily: “If the servant declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’ then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life” (Exodus 21:5-6). Source: GotQuestions.org.
You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men. (1 Cor 7:23 ESV) The Bible warns us NOT to become bondservants of human beings.
But we do need to settle it in our hearts that we are servants of Jesus Christ and of the Kingdom of God. We need to be submitted to God’s will and plan for each one of our lives. It’s important to remember that the Lord can see the end from the beginning. He knows every possible outcome of our own, human decisions; but if we allow Him to direct our paths, we will fulfill His will for each and every believer.
Set aside some time to spend in meditation and prayer about this important concept. Determine what yielding to the Holy Spirit will mean for your life. God bless you.
Here are standards for those who are Pastors, elders, or leaders in a church. If you would LIKE to become a Pastor, elder, or leader, study the Scriptures to discover what is required of such a person. Then begin to live that out in your life; behave as if you already ARE a Pastor, elder, or leader. It will not go unnoticed by God, and He will put you into the position that you desire. (1 Tim. 3:1)
Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords (masters) over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. (1 Pet 5:2, 3 NKJV)
- Shepherd the flock of God AMONG YOU! That means everyone that you come into contact with daily! Make an impact for GOOD on those with whom you connect regularly—including your own family members. (Mk 3:14; 16:15; Ac 5:42; 8:4; Heb 6:10, 11; 2 Tim 4:2)
- We’re to serve as overseers. An overseer is an administrator, manager, or someone who gets things done. We were not elevated to our responsible position in order to prosper financially or to charge people fees. We never saw Jesus give us such an example. We’re to help people—help them receive all that they need by whatever means that the Lord directs us to use. Whatever a person’s needs are, the salvation of Jesus Christ has already met that need! We’re put here to help people to see this truth, and to help them to receive God’s blessings. (Mt 6:10; 16:19; 18:19; Ac 20:28; Phil 4:19; Col 1:27; 1 Joh 5:14, 15)
- We are supposed to serve willingly and eagerly, with a good attitude and cheerful heart. We are called, each one of us, to BE a blessing! (Col 3:23-24; 1 Pet 3:9)
- We are told not to “lord” it over people. Instead we are to sacrifice and humble ourselves even as our Savior, Jesus, sacrificed and humbled Himself to provide and secure our salvation. (Mt 18:4; 23:12; Rom 12:1, 16; Eph 5:2; Phil 2:8; Heb 13:16; 1 Pet 2:5; 5:6; Jas 4:6, 10)
- The sheep have been entrusted to the care of their church leaders, and we are NEVER to harm the sheep. We are serving as an under-shepherd under the authority of Jesus, the Good Shepherd! (Jer 50:6; Eze 34:10; Joh 10:11, 14; 1 Pet 5:4)
- The Word tells us that we should be examples to the flock. Jesus was our example, and we’re to follow in His footsteps. (Joh 13:14-16; Phil 3:17; 1 Pet 2:21)
May God bless you and flood you with His love and grace, as you pursue your leadership role in the Kingdom of God.