THE BOND SLAVE

HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“And whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister. And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant” (Matthew 20:26-27).

The slave is the literal meaning of the word, doulos.

The first word used for service is diakanos, which means a minister to others in any usual way or work: but the word doulos means a bond slave, and the Lord here plainly teaches us that the highest service is that of a bond slave.

He Himself made Himself the servant of all, and he who would come nearest to Him and stand closest to Him, at last, must likewise learn the spirit of the ministry that has utterly renounced selfish rights and claims forever.

It is quite possible to be entirely loyal to the Lord Jesus, and yet for Jesus’ sake, a servant ourselves, and under the authority of those who are over us in the Lord.

The doulos spirit is the spirit of self-renunciation and glad submission to proper authority, service utterly disinterested, yielding our own preferences and interests unreservedly for the glory of the Master and the sake of our brethren. Lord, clothe us with humility and make us wholly Thine.

In serving the Lord there is a process so I will ask the question now, which comes first the chicken or the egg? You may claim to be at the top of ministry, but have you renounce self to serve the Lord? Let us start with the first things in knowing who Jesus is and then walk into victory.

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