4 – Duties of a Slave

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Slaves-of-God have real duties that they are required to perform.

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We saw in Chapter 1 how Paul and the other writers of the New Testament using the Greek word duolos referred to themselves as Slaves-of-Christ or Slaves-of-God. So what did they understand by using that term were the duties of a slave? Let us consider several duties of the Slaves-of-God mentioned by the writers of the New Testament.

An important priority of a Slave-of-God, as discussed above, is that a Slave-of-God must continually work to serve God and not sin. Specifically this work is to separate from and not do sinful works and to embrace and to put on Christ. Without active participation on our part, the default position is to always fall back into serving sin and not God.
Romans 6:12-23; Ephesians 4:20-32

The Slaves-of-Christ must serve earthly masters and employers with goodwill as if they are serving the Lord himself and not a man. Ephesians 6:6-8

The Slave-of-Christ is to be content with whatever position in life from which he was called to salvation. 1 Corinthians 7:22

The Fellow-Slave-of-the-Lord must be a faithful minister of the word showing compassion, love, and care for other believers. Colossians 1:7; 4:7

The Lord’s Slave must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, and correcting his opponents with gentleness. 2 Timothy 2:24-25

The Slaves-of-God must live as people who are free from sin, not using their freedom as a cover-up for evil. 1 Peter 2:16

Remember that no matter how important you are and what your connections may be, you are a Slave-of-Jesus Christ. Jude 1:1

The Slave-of-Jesus bears witness to the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 1:2

The Slave-of-God must be careful to honor, worship and adore only God.
Revelation 19:10, 22:9

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Discussion Questions:

1. In order to be a Slave-of-God is your contribution active or passive, why?

2. Read each of these verses and describe how your life would change or look different if you followed duties described therein:

— Ephesians 6:6-8

— 1 Corinthians 7:22

— Colossians 1:7, 4:7

— 2 Timothy 2:24-25

— 1 Peter 2:16

— Jude 1:1

— Revelation 1:2

— Revelation 19:10, 22:9

3. Is the Lord calling you today to work on any of these duties?

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