Are You A Doulos?

I usually write on here with an aim to speak to all people, Christian and non-Christian alike. Today though, I’m going another route. I’m am writing this with my brethren in mind, saved believers. I want to talk about God’s glory. His sovereignty. Is He really your Master, your King? Do you submit to Him, killing yourself daily? In Romans 6 Paul explains that when we get saved we are no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to righteousness. As slaves of sin we present our members (body parts, i.e. mind, arms, eyes) as slaves to impurity and lawlessness. In other words, we voluntarily submit to whatever desire comes across our sinful minds. But Paul urges us to now present our members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. He goes on to say in verse 22 that we are freed from sin and now are enslaved to God. And that’s what I want to focus on right now.

Think about the slave/master relationship for a moment. What is the job of the slave? Is it not to please the master? Each day that the slave wakes up, he does not have to worry about what he’s going to eat, drink, or where’s he’s going to live, and where’s he’ll lay his head for the night. No, those things are the responsibility of the slave’s owner. The only goal of a slave is to fulfill the needs of the master. Now, imagine if we applied those basic slave/master relationship principles to our daily lives! How liberating is that? That’s right, it can be very liberating being a slave. All we have to do is wake up daily and say, “Master, my Lord, How may I please you today?” It’s His job to take care of you.

Here’s the really great part, our Master is not one of those greedy, cruel slave owners you read about in your history books. We are not simply a worker, doomed by unfortunate fate to work picking cotton, with meager means by which to live each day. Our Master views us as the joy of His heart, and was willing to sacrifice Himself for us. Therefore, not only does He desire to meet our needs, but He wants to bless us so abundantly, that there be not room enough to store all that He has for us.

Don’t misunderstand me, I am not purporting some kind of system that says you can buy the blessings of God. What I am saying is that we need not worry about today, or tomorrow. As slaves, all we need to focus on is pleasing Him. But this should not be a burden, rather a joy to us. We should delight ourselves in the King. Remember that Jesus said that His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). It should be a joy for us to want to please the God that was pleased to crush His Son for us.

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