Romans 1:1 (Common English Bible)
1 From Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus who is called to be an apostle and who is set apart for God’s good news.
Galatians 1:10 (Common English Bible)
10 Am I trying to win over human beings or God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I wouldn’t be Christ’s slave.
Nothing has produced a deeper wound in our country than our history of slavery. Even today the mention of it produces hurt and pain to those whose forefathers were in bondage. A slave is defined as "a human being who is owned as property by, and is absolutely subject to the will of, another; bondservant divested of all freedom and personal rights", or "a person who is completely dominated by some influence, habit, person, etc."
Slavery has been around almost as long as mankind has roamed the earth, as spoils of war or people placed under subjugation. In many countries around the world, including our own, people are living in misery as a slave of another.
Because of such a connotation and such a history, it is amazing that the Greek word used in the Bible, to describe the apostle's relationship to Jesus Christ, translates to mean a "slave". What does it mean to be a slave to Christ?
When we surrender our personal will to God, and we accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ's payment on the cross for our sins, we need to give ourselves to the ownership of Jesus Christ. We now need to become His possession; fully God's to be used by Him as He wills. He has paid for us and bought us with a price. We are indebted to Him for what He has done, and for what He continues to do for us.
The fact is this: if we give ourselves in servitude, to be a slave to God through Christ, we then and only then can be totally free!
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