Yesterday morning, (in my last post) I told you how I always saved a little of my time back and hoarded it. Instead of hanging on, I endeavored to let go, and let God have it. Yep, I gave Him my time, my stuff, and my to-do list. If I spent this whole blog telling you what my day was like, I think we’d both be freaked out by the volume of what was accomplished. Everything I thought I’d be better at organizing and taking control of but have never been able to fit in! It was ALL in there. I even painted an entire painting! I keep scratching my head. How is that possible?
Remember the Greek word doulos yesterday? I’d like to share some of the context of that word with you today, so we can both grasp the beauty and real genuine deliverance in it.
“Servants, (doulos) be obedient to them that are [your] masters according to the flesh, with fear (reverence) and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; 6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: 8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether [he be] bond or free. 9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.” Ephesians 6:5-9
“And on my servants (doulos) and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:” Acts 2:18
“And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants (doulos), that with all boldness they may speak thy word,” Acts 4:29
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants (doulos) to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you Romans 6:16-17
“Art thou called being a servant (doulos)? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.” 1 Cor. 7:22-24
“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond (doulos) or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit”1 Cor. 12:13
“For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants (doulos) for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:5
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond (doulos) nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. ” Galatians 3:26-28
“Wherefore thou art no more a servant, (doulos) but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” Galatians 4:7
“Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:” Colossians 3:22
“Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.” Colossians 4:1
“Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God” Colossians 4:12
“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,” 2 Timothy 2:24
“Paul, a servant (doulos) of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;” Titus 1:1
“Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Not purloining (appropriating for ones own use or hoard one’s time/money/resources for one’s self), but shewing all good fidelity (pistis, or faith and conviction); that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.” Titus 2:11
Wow, that was the majority of verses with the Greek word “doulos” in them. Paul says he is a “doulos of God” in Titus and remarks of other men who are, Epahras, and Timothy, as well. God through the writing of Paul, urges us to be servants and to strive to be gentle unto all men, apt to teach and patient. Wow! I mean, look at all this wealth of knowledge! There is instruction on how to treat your servants, but also implies how God will treat you as HIS servant.
Here’s the gist.
A doulos, is a sold out freeman/woman who is serving the Lord with the right heart not for religion or for other people but for God.
A doulos, falls so in love with God and what He’s done for them, they can’t help but give back. It’s never out of fear, but out of love. Perfect love casteth out fear. We serve because we’ve been loved!
God bless you today!