I’ve long held to the desire to walk as a bondservant. That word has significant meaning to me, it always has. I see the walk of a bondservant to be of the utmost importance to a close relationship with God. Giving up our will to completely embrace the will of God, even when it seems unpleasant. To let go of driving my life and let God can complete the work He started in us. So He can use us to show His love to the people who cannot otherwise hear His voice because they are lost in their own sins and situations.
The term bondservant is something that has different meaning to all who choose to walk that path. And it is something that is ever growing and changing as God brings you through things. I won’t lie the past few months have been a very tough trip for me. Depression has been a constant adversary. I’ve been mourning all that I’ve lost. The abilities I had to do things, such as walk without pain. I was mourning my taking them for granted.
But as I finally sat down to place God’s word above myself and seek Him in it, He showed me something in a scripture that has long been a favorite of mine. He opened my eyes to something new, and thus confirming that He hasn’t left me. That I’m not to far from him to hear His voice. That He is indeed teaching me even now. Being locked up alone in your home has some adverse effects on you for long periods.
Let me share it with you friends.
12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
15Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.
Philippians 3:12-15 (NKJV)
Forgetting those things that are Behind. That is very potent if you dwell on that for a minute. Forgetting past failures, success, problems, situations. Forgetting the things that you lost. Forgetting what you cannot do any longer, forgetting all the things you should have done or could have. Forgetting past sins, repent first obviously, but move on after. All that matter is the prize. All that matters is God, and His love for you and for those you are surrounded by. Forgetting that you should have walked more when you could, forgetting how you should have related to others, forgetting how you missed things that you could have done, for yourself or for God. Press on for the Mark. Press on my friends. Push forward, embrace the love of God. Embrace the fact the he loves you and that he died for you because he loves you so much. Embrace that, and live for Him.
For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:3 (NKJV)
And once you have done this, press on. And to keep the focus follow this great advice.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)