21:2,5-6, Luke 10:27
If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the
seventh he shall go out free for nothing. *And if the servant shall
plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go
out free: Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also
bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore
his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever* And he
answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and
with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and
thy neighbour as thyself.
Moses to inform the Israelites that when a man buys a servant, after six
years that servant has every right to be set free from his master. The
said servant also has a choice to willingly decide to remain and serve
his master for the rest of his life. Such a decision can only be born
out of real love for the master. God wants you and I to come to this
point of no return. Someone who is just a servant still has a choice to
return home if he chooses to, but a bond servant gives away this choice
because he burns the bridge behind him. There is no going back when it
comes to serving his master.
The reason why Apostle Paul repeatedly referred to himself as a prisoner
of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Eph.3:1, 2Tim.1:8, and Philemon 1:1&9), was
not because he was being physically arrested from time to time, instead,
he actually saw each of his physical arrests and other sufferings as
opportunities for more people to be reached with the gospel. He called
himself a prisoner of the Lord Jesus Christ because he had willingly
sold out himself to Christ for the rest of his life. He knew he had
rewards but it was his love for the Lord that motivated his decision to
become a prisoner of the Lord.
A servant can decide that, the price for which he was bought is not
worth the trouble any longer. In our case, the price that Jesus paid for
us is so great that our entire lives will not be enough to repay him for
it. He is a Good Master and we will definitely have rewards; but the
time has come for us all to have the same heart as our masters' and do
His work as though it were ours because of our love for Him.
Prayer Focus: Thank the Father for the grace to serve Him. Ask
Him to help you to realise who you are and what He has called you to do.
Thank Him as you grow in your service to Him.