“This letter is from Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James. I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more mercy, peace, and love.” (Jude1:1-2 NLT)
“This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News.” (Romans 1:1 NLT)
Hello family, very often we see Paul and other New Testament writers call themselves slaves of Christ. Other translations say servant but in those days a servant was a slave. We tend to like servant better because it does not have as much of a negative connotation. But If you were a servant in those times you didn’t have a choice, you did as your master told you to do or suffer the consequences.
It is no different when we give our life to Christ. Yes, He calls us a friend but He is also our master. We follow his example that he set. God does not force anything on us, however if we don’t do has He commands us to do we will reap the consequences! When we obey we reap the benefits.
Need an example? Look at Joseph when he was a slave (servant) in Potiphar’s house he was faithful from day one. And because of that God gave him favor with Potiphar. And he soon became the head servant. Don’t look at the Phrase “Slave of Jesus Christ” as a bad thing! It is the best thing! After all, we are slaves to something God or this evil world there is no escaping it!
Much Love & God Bless
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