“… and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of all.”
“… but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, ….”
The Greek term used in these verses is frequently translated as “slave.” It is also translated as “servant.” However, neither translation captures the ancient meaning as we do not have this type of servanthood today.
The term “bondservant” is actually a better term. It means one who has willingly given his life to serve another. One has willingly become a slave to serve another. As a bondservant one did not get to choose what he wanted to do. He did what he (or she) was told to do.
When we arrived at Oakridge Ministries, we had an unresolved maintenance project that needed completed on our home on wheels (see last week’s blog post), a necessary equipment repair that would allow us to continue to serve Him in our SOWER work. This past weekend, we again needed to do normal, daily living items such as grocery shopping, laundry, etc.
Yes, we do get to travel to many different parts of this beautiful country, for which we are extremely grateful. However, sightseeing while in these different locations is more an infrequent occurrence than the norm. Hopefully next weekend, our last weekend at this project, we will take a day and visit a few local sights!
As a servant, we don’t always get to choose what we will do, but we remain committed to doing whatever, whenever, and wherever we can to serve our mighty God! 🤠 🤗