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Bondservants of Christ
Anonymous - July 18, 2014
Devotional

Bondservants of Christ As I sat down to write about what God has been doing in my heart a strange noise came from outside. A noise that is familiar to many who live in Las Vegas. It is a noise of a mocking bird who, regardless of the hour lets us know it is right outside of our windows. So, it made perfect sense to use the bird as a starting point to share about what God has been showing me. It seemed to me that the life of a bird doesn't consist of much. What I mean is that it appears to not have much purpose. The birds fly from one place to another, feed, breed, nest, and of course, occasionally, keep us up at night. It made me reflect on my own life. Am I ever as that bird, simply going though the motions, without purpose? Is that what God wants from me? As, I was going though the book of Romans, God convicted me of my sin, of my forgetfulness of my purpose; our purpose. As I started the book and read, "Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ..." (Rom 1:1), I could not go any further. Paul knew his purpose and he described it in one word: a bondservant. He knew his life now belonged to the Lord. He knew he was now His servant, debtor, child. Paul knew he belonged to the almighty. Everything Paul did, he did to glorify the Father who is in heaven. He did it to further His kingdom and to give Him glory. It was so during Paul’s suffering as well as in his times of success. His eyes were fixed on the Lord for guidance, help, forgiveness, and worship. In the past few months I found myself going through the motions. Being busy with my work and school schedule, as well as being a new father and husband. I lost the sight of what my purpose was. I didn't turn away from the Lord or stop praying or worshiping Him, but I was so caught up in the business of life that I'm not sure that the decisions I made along the way were what He wanted. I can go further and think about all the things I said or didn't say. The things I chose to do and the things I refused to undertake. And it is not only the bad decisions I'm talking about. There is no difference in not doing something and doing something good if that good deed wasn't for God. Because what good is it to do good works? We know that apart from faith, works are dead. Our lives go on second by second, day by day. Are we choosing to serve God in all we do? Are we dying to ourselves? Are we fully surrendering to Him whom we worship? The mocking bird does have a purpose. All of creation has a purpose. Although we might be overlooking it, God's creation testifies of Him. So let's not forget about our purpose. We are here, although only for a breaths length, as tools for God. Let's make ourselves available, seeking His will daily, going to all corners of the world to preach the gospel, make disciples, and baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.