Peace & Blessings Beloved,
I pray all is well with you and yours, and that your week has been fruitful & blessed thus far.
And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
This epistle from Paul is written to encourage us to live with humility, as evident by his use of the word slave, or doulos. Now, it’s imperative that we fully understand the concept of slavery, & not simply resort to the contemporary perception of it, as peddled by society
Slave- one that is completely subservient to a dominating influence.
Firstly, every human being on this earth is slave to something, or someone. That could be an addiction to a drug, shopping, anger (management), a profane tongue, sex (perversion/deviancy) , money, power, gambling, alcohol, lust, or simply self. And so if we shed the notion of whips, chains, & physical bondage of space, we can begin to see slavery for what it really is, and realize that most worldly slavery is mental, emotional, or psychological.
Let’s get back to verse 6.
As we experience another day, it is my prayer that we‘re intentional about our gratitude for God’s grace, mercy, & gift of salvation through Jesus, and that we endeavor to let our works showcase our devotion to kingdom building.
In the above passage, short though it may be, we should notice something that brings unspeakable joy to our spirits, that God won’t ever leave or forsake us, but rather will complete the transforming work that was begun in us. Meaning that He who saved us will renew us, & transform the way we think, speak, act, & treat others, as we shed the sinfulness of our old selves.
For us, we should be slaves (completely subservient) to Jesus Christ, who gave His life so we can live eternally with Him, and not in eternal torment & damnation. We should be unwaveringly obedient, devotee, & beholden to Him, evidenced by our thoughts, words, & actions. And one reason we should have no issue being a slave to Jesus is bc we know, from the above verse, that His love for us is unmatched by anything else, as is His devotion to us.
So let’s be intentional about allowing Jesus/God/Holy Spirit to be the dominating influence in our lives. Who/what else would we rather trust with it?
May the joy of the Lord continue to be your strength.
Love you much, be abundantly blessed!