What It Really Means To Be A Christian, A Slave of Christ

A true Christian is someone who fully follows Christ in becoming like his Lord.

John 15:20, “No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you as well.”

John 12:26, "If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there my servant will be also; if anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”

True Christians will follow Jesus down the straight and narrow path that leads to life.

True Christians are Slaves of Jesus Christ

Romans 1:1 (NASB), “Paul, a bond-servant (doulos = “a male slave”) of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God.”

Luke 17:5-10 NASB, “5The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you.”

Jesus connected having power with God in prayer to a male slave obeying the commands of his earthly master.

7“Which of you, having a slave (doulos – a male slave) plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat’? 8“But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; and afterward you may eat and drink’? 9“He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he? 10“So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.’”

Jesus annunciated three main points in his parable of the slave.

  1. The slave worked six full days per week obeying his master’s commands to plow and work his fields.

  2. The tired slave came in from the field after working all day only to minister to his master in serving him food and drink before eating and drinking himself. Acts 13:2 shows that the apostles and elders regularly “ministering to the Lord” in prayer and fasting. Therefore our Master requires us to minister to Him in prayer and worship when we arrive home from the field of this world before we sit down to eat and drink.

  3. The dutiful slave did all that the master commanded without complaining or seeking personal glory for himself.

Michael Riccardi wrote, “It is interesting to note that slave is a favorite self-designation for the apostles and other writers of Scripture. James claims this title for himself in the opening verse of his epistle (Jas 1:1). The same is true for Peter (2 Pet 1:1), Jude (Jude 1:1), and John (Rev 1:1). On top of that, Paul repeats that he is Christ’s doulos throughout his other letters: in Romans, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, 2 Timothy, and Titus. The term is used at least forty times in the New Testament to refer to the believer, and the Hebrew equivalent is used over 250 times to refer to believers in the Old Testament. We may safely conclude that the Lord wants His people to understand themselves in this way. At its core, the essence of the Christian life can be described in terms of slavery to Christ.”


1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”

Since Jesus Christ purchased our salvation from Satan kingdom, we now belong to God. Hence, God has the right to have complete rule and dominion over our bodies and our spirits which belong to Him.

Romans 12:1 (Berean Literal Bible), “Therefore I exhort you, brothers, through the compassions of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy to God, well-pleasing, which is your reasonable service.”

1 Corinthians 10:31, “whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all things to the glory of God.”

True followers of Jesus will pray about everything we do in order to glorify God.

Although holiness is not a list of manmade rules and regulations, holiness does involve glorifying God by eating healthy foods and clothing ourselves with modest attire.

1 Timothy 2:9 Berean Literal Bible – “Likewise also women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing ….”

1 Timothy 2:9 New American Standard Bible – “Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments …”

Holy women will obey the scriptural command to adorn themselves in modest and respectable clothing because they belong to Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”

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