We’ve written before about the name of our organization and the Greek word, doulos, that inspired it (found mostly in Romans Chapter 6):
But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. (Romans 6:17-18)
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:20-23)
If you remember, the word doulos means slave – but in a very different way than we normally think of it. This kind of slave is a bondservant, one who is dedicated in every sense of their being to the one that owns them.
And that’s exactly how we see ourselves in relation to God.
Flipping Our View of Slavery
Understandably, when we see or hear the word “slavery,” we immediately go to a negative place. That’s because of the sinfulness of our country and many others. History shows a clearly negative picture of slavery as something you are forced into, something that abuses you, and something you can never escape.
But that’s not the case with God.
As slaves to God, we don’t feel the burden of a harsh master. Instead, we feel the loving embrace of a kind, gentle Savior.
We aren’t abused and neglected by a master who doesn’t care about us. We are loved, cared for, and disciplined by a Master who wants only the best for us.
We aren’t denied food, stowed away in a shack, or taken from our loved ones. We’re given everything we need and assured eternity with the love of our true family.
You see, when we dedicate ourselves as bondservants to Christ, we are entering into the most loving family possible. It’s a lifetime of service to the one true King. A lifetime of dedication to the One who has saved us. And, ultimately, it’s a lifetime of joy despite our circumstances.
Become a Doulos to Christ!
Are you ready to give your life as a bondservant to Jesus? It’ll be the most freeing thing you’ll ever do!
Interested in learning more about Doulos Partners? Find out more about our organization today by contacting us directly. We love to talk to people about our vision!