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Bondslave

Have you ever been falsely accused? Slandered? Or perhaps you’ve been exposed to public humiliation. We’ve all experienced the embarrassment that comes from being misunderstood. Most of us can relate to the pain of verbal insult. But imagine being totally innocent of serious accusation, even being suspected of a crime punishable by stoning (Deuteronomy 22:23–24) all because you’ve obeyed God.

That was Mary’s situation. 

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly.  

But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:18-20) 

By submitting to the Father’s plan, she steps into the role young Jewish women dreamed of, but she also embarks on a humbling and difficult journey, as her purity and reputation would be called into question. Her life would be changed forever. She would face rejection by family and friends, endure labor in the harsh discomfort of a stable, deliver her son with only an inexperienced new husband as midwife, leave Bethlehem as a fugitive on the run, and face her son’s execution drawing closer each day.

In light of all that, Mary’s pronouncement that she is a “bondslave” of the Lord is a most telling statement (Luke 1:38). 

And Mary said, ‘Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.’” Luke 1:38).

Bondslave she certainly was. Humbly she brought her Savior into the world and painfully she watched Him secure her redemption at the foot of His cross.  

Her life was one long symphony of “Yes, Lord” as His bondslave.

What about you?

Are you His bondslave?

Is He calling you to follow Him on a difficult journey today?

What is your response to Him?

2 Comments

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Jody ~

    No, that isn’t too radical, in fact that is exactly what we are to be. The Greek word here that is translated bondslave (NASB) or slave (HCS) is doulé (the ending designating that it is a female slave).

    I love one of Strong’s definitions for this word: “one who gives himself up wholly to another’s will.” That is exactly what the Christian life is to be. My life given over wholly to His will. This is what we see Mary doing in this text, she voices it and then her life follows through with her stated commitment. May we live as radically as she did!

    I pray you and your family have a most blessed Advent season!