Verse of the Day


"However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace."

~Acts 20:24


Today's Devotional Thought

September 11, 2013 by Rachel Piferi



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I am Your Servant

Doulos.

It is word that has come to mean so much to me over the last few months. In fact, it seems as if the Lord has taken me to several Scriptures recently where that word is used. And each time he takes me there, he reminds me who I am.

Doulos (pronounced doo'-los) is the Greek word used in the New Testament for bondslave or servant. According to Thayer's definition, a doulos is "one who gives himself up to another's will" or "one who is devoted to another to the disregard of his own interests."

There are many passages in the New Testament where this word and the concept of a bondservant is used in teaching. Jesus used it throughout the Gospels to teach the concept of serving someone or something.

And several people throughout the New Testament refer to themselves as a doulos of Jesus.

The very first person we see use that term in reference to themselves is Mary, the mother of Jesus. In Luke 1:38, after the angel tells her that she will carry the Messiah, she answers, "I am the Lord's servant {doulos}, may your word to me be fulfilled." And then the angel left her.

We also see Paul introduce himself in his letters as a doulos of the Lord Jesus Christ. In his letters to the Romans and Philippians, and to Titus, Paul starts his letters with an introduction of himself as a bondservant of the Lord Jesus Christ. The same is true of James and Jude and Peter. Each one of them, in their letters, begins by declaring their bondservice to Jesus. And finally, in the book of Revelation, John asserts that he is also a bondservant of the Lord Jesus Christ and that this revelation came to show all who are bondservants of Jesus what is coming in the future.

If you were writing a letter to someone, could you introduce yourself this same way?

Could you say that you are so devoted to Jesus and his will to the disregard of your own interests?

As Jesus said in the garden, could you say, "not my will, but yours Father" (Luke 22:42)?

Or like Mary said, "I am your bondservant, may your word be fulfilled" (Luke 1:38).

We know that Jesus knew what was coming and fully submitted to the will of His Father. But I dare say Mary did not know the fullness of the plan that God had for her life. She could not have realized the agony that she would experience watching her Son be ridiculed {even by his own family}, tortured, and eventually hung on a cross like a criminal to die...right before her very eyes.

When she said, "may your word be fulfilled," did she have any idea how much she would have to lay aside her own interests, her own pain, and her own will for the will of God?

I suspect she did not.

But nonetheless, she walked in humble submission to that plan.

As did Peter and Paul and James and John and Jude.

Because they knew whom they served. And in the words of Paul in Acts 20, as he was embarking on a Holy Spirit led journey to Jerusalem where he knew danger awaited him, "I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace."

Like Mary, Paul knew whom he served and his life was second to serving his Lord and fulfilling God's purposes for him.

That is powerful. And that is my prayer.

Today, I pray that you reflect on the concept of being a doulos of the Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that you can say the words that Mary spoke, "I am your bondservant, may your word be fulfilled."

May those words be your prayer today and every day.


Memorize this verse today:

"However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace."
~Acts 20:24



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