Gods Servants and Handmaidens 15 May Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
On the Day of Pentecost, about 120 of Gods servants and handmaidens were gathered in the upper room continuing in one accord in prayer and supplication (Acts 1:13-15). They were in place, ready to move into the streets as soon as Gods Spirit was poured out upon them. They were doing exactly what Jesus told them to do. The shameful part of it was, only about a fourth of those who had been instructed to be there were present. Jesus had appeared to more than 500 of them and told them all the same thing…to tarry until they were endued with power. Apparently 380 of them decided to stay home! Whats the difference between the 380 who didnt follow Jesus instructions and the 120 who did? Those in the first group were merely Christians. Those in the second group were Gods servants and handmaidens. The Word translated servants and handmaidens in Acts 2:18 is the Greek word doulos. It is the same word used twice, once in the feminine form and once in the masculine form. In this particular instance, doulos refers to someone who has voluntarily subjected himself to another persons will. It describes a bondslave who could be free if he wanted to be, but chooses instead to be wholly subservient to another because of his love for that person. If you are a servant or handmaiden, you will be committed to the Lord Jesus. It is not a commitment He forces upon you. It is one you make by choice, because you love Him. You see, when you were born again, you did not become a hired servant of God. You became a child of God, a son or daughter of the Almighty. You were made free and if the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed (John 8:36). But if you truly love the One who set you free, you will trade that freedom for a life of service to Him. Thats what the Apostle Paul did. In Romans 1:1 (The Amplified Bible), he calls himself a bond servant of Jesus Christ. Choose today to be a bondslave…one who longs to stay close to the Masters side…serving Him wholeheartedly from a heart of love and devotion. Choose to be one of Gods servants and handmaidens.2 Samuel 14-15; 2 Corinthians 6I am not enslaved by sin. I am free to be a servant of Jesus Christ. I choose His will above my own. John 8:34-36
Scripture Reading: Luke 10:38-42