An Approved Servant of the Lord



What  does it  mean  to be called  “An Approved Servant of the Lord?” Christians are  called “bond-servants” in the  New Testament.  A  bond  servant  is one  who belongs to another; a bond-slave, without any ownership rights of their own. The Greek  word  “Doulos”  is used with the highest dignity in the New Testament – namely, of believers who willingly live under Christ’s authority as His devoted followers. Does this  describe you? Some  examples are  found in  Titus 1:12 Peter 1:1, and in Jude 1:1.  (NKJV)

The  Christian who desires to be an “approved  servant” of his Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, will  be one who  puts the Master’s will and teachings into practice in his own life. He or she will want to be  as  close to Jesus as they can, ever learning  more about Him. There are  many  ways we learn  about  God. We have the  Word of God to tell us  who  God  is and what His will and  plan  for  mankind is.  We  find in the  Word of God how to become a  Christian and  serve   the Lord Jesus. We  find  out what we must do  to become “An Approved Servant of the Lord Jesus.” One  hymn writer wrote, “More About Jesus Would I  Know…”

There are  many things and ways an  “approved servant” of the  Lord can be  involved in. These  will  always  be  done with the view of maturing in the Lord himself and helping others mature also.  We have  been  called out of the  “domain of darkness” (Col. 1:12-14) into the  “marvelous light of the  Gospel.”  Since that is  true, we  are to live  lives of faith and obedience and strive to  encourage others in their  Christian  walk. Christianity is an active and on-going  religion. What I mean by that  is that we are  constantly  encouraged  to  build  upon our  faith and  put it into practice  in  our  daily  walk with the Lord Jesus.

Paul told  Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:17 that the  Scriptures  were given “that the  man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every  good work.”  Christians  must  have a “high” view of God’s Word. We  must not  only  accept the  fact that the  Word is true, but  we  must be willing to  read it, study it,  meditate upon it, and  tell others  about it.

There  is  room in the Church of the Lord for all of us to use the  talents the  Lord has  so abundantly bestowed upon us. One  version  uses the  word  “lavished.”  God  is  not   stingy, rather,  He loves us so much  that He wants  us to have the  best  He has to offer.  Jesus In Ephesians 1:3 Paul tells us our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus have “blessed  us with EVERY spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”

So, let’s  strive to use our talents to the glory of God.  We need to have the  right  motives in our service.  We   realize that  one  can  “never work their way into Heaven,”  but once we are  in Christ, we  must be the  best  workers  He has. Let your  light  shine so that your  heav­enly  Father  may be  glorified (Matthew 5:14-16).


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