From Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the overseers and deacons.
Philippians 1:1 NET
Who would refer to himself as a slave? The word has such a negative connotation today. But Paul wrote that he and Timothy were both slaves to Christ.
He’s not alone. Many others in the New Testament referred to themselves as slaves: Mary the Mother of Jesus, Peter, James, John and more. It is a theme that we don’t always explore.
This type of slave was a voluntary slave. Paul is saying that he voluntarily submits to Jesus as a slave. This wasn’t a temporary decision. This was a lifetime decision, commitment to serve Jesus.
Why don’t we see ourselves as slaves? Because we enjoy our personal freedoms? Because we want to be free to make our own decisions about when and where we serve the Lord? It doesn’t work like that.
Being a slave means that you are totally submitted to the Master’s will. You go where He says to go. You do what He says to do. You obey when He speaks.
Can you follow Jesus like that? Will you follow Jesus like that?
It might feel totally unnatural to say and think that you are a slave. But there is no better owner than Jesus.
Not only is He all powerful, all knowing, all present, He is loving and gentle and cares more about you than you care about yourself.
Live under His rule and you will find that there is no other place you would rather be.
You learn how to live for Him as you read the Word of God. It’s there for you in plain English.
Lord, thank You that You hold my very best interest always. Help me to say yes to You and no to my flesh. Help me to trust and let go more and more everyday.