A Bondservant of Christ

“Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him.” I Corinthians 7:17

“Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. Were you a bondservant when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) 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. You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men. So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.” I Corinthians 7:20-24 

God calls us to discover His plan for our life, the one assigned to us by Him, and lead our life in that direction. What we might want ourselves for our life is not important. Following God’s plan will lead us to the contented life that we seek. Further, we should be content to remain in the life situation/condition that God calls us to. Even a slave was not to seek extralegal/rebellious ways to obtain their freedom, although was certainly allowed to lawfully obtain their freedom where available. The reason Paul could write this command was the fact that even a slave, who faithfully obeyed his master and lived a godly life, could give God glory. This illustrates a theme that is present throughout the Word of God and I believe is the secret to a happy, fulfilled, successful Christian life. God’s glory and importance is everything and we ourselves are of no importance except from the fact that God loves us and redeems us and takes care of us. We are adopted sons and daughters of God when we believe in Him and at that point we should die to ourselves, our ambitions and self-will and let Christ live in us. We are bought with a price and all Christians, both free and slaves, are equally bondservants of Christ. Our situation in the world is unimportant as we can be content in whatever state God puts us (Philippians 4:11-13). God is alone the author of contentment/happiness.

These concepts are so foreign to our woke society, including in many Churches, were people are encouraged to seek their true selves/identity and see themselves easily offended. A Christian’s identity is in Christ and not in themselves and someone who is not a Christian will be left with their sorry self in Hell, a truly terrible thought. Whatever our current situation in this life, let us not fret but rather let us die to self and find our identity and purpose in Christ. This will give us contentment in this life and Paradise with God in Heaven after death.

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