A Christian calls themselves a servant for the Lord, but what about being a slave? The Apostle Paul considered himself a slave, but not to the Lord as his Master, but a slave to everyone. He did so for one very important reason.
Paul was willing to sacrifice his freedom for the sake of others in order to bring them to faith in Christ. We read in 1 Corinthians, “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.”
A slave means a loss of freedom – meaning you are no longer your own, but the property of another. To willingly become a slave for Christ means you are ready to relinquish your rights and your liberty for a greater purpose.
With a thankful heart, we can make ourselves a slave to everyone by being sensitive to the customs, the culture and the feelings of others. This doesn’t mean we compromise our beliefs and behaviors governed by God’s Word, but we can be flexible and adaptable in our approach. The over-riding purpose is to bring as many people as possible to heaven – even if it means relinquishing our liberty we have in Christ.
We can pray, “Lord, help me step out of my comfort zone and reach out to others the way they are accustomed, the way they will feel most comfortable. Help me love others by serving them and putting their needs above my comfort zones. I want others to come to know You, Jesus. Make me uncomfortable for Your glory! I don’t go beyond being a servant, Lord, but a slave for You. Amen.”