“But if the servant plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’ then his master shall bring him to the judges. He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever.”
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”
Jesus came to the earth to be a servant. There are two words used in these verses for servant. The Hebrew word "ebed" and the Greek word "doulos".
Doulos is translated as bond servant and defined as one who is subservient to, and entirely at the disposal of, his master; a slave. This was often a permanent position. The slave was the property of his master. Ebed has a similar meaning except that the Hebrew law allowed the slave to be set free in the 7th year or he could choose to become a bond servant, a permanent slave.
The reasons the slave would stay would be based on love. Love for his master, wife and children.
Jesus came to be a bond servant to His Master, the Father. He did this because He loves His Father, He loves His wife, the church, and He loves all of His children.
Who or what are you bound to today? Are you bound by the Spirit? Are you bound to your anxiety? Are you bound to your job? What holds you captive?
Jesus wants to capture us under His yoke to be His servant, but we have to humble ourselves to His service. Matthew 11:29, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your SOULS." Bondage to Jesus, results in freedom and rest for our souls.
Do you love your Master enough that you would be bound to His service for eternity?
I hope you have a good day, and I love you! 💜