by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies – A Love Slave
Editor’s note: Nancy seems to think that being a wife and mother is a sort of slavery instead of an expression of free will and love in our lives. How does that fit with her idea that being a mother and wife is the highest honor and only role for a woman?
“I’m a servant of the King of kings.” I’m sure each one of us want this testimony. It sounds important, doesn’t it? Paul addressed himself as “Paul, a servant of God” (Titus 1:1). But what does this word “servant” actually mean? The word is “doulos” and means “a bond slave, one who is in a permanent relation of servitude to another, one whose will is altogether consumed in the will of the other.” Wow! This gets to the nitty-gritty. I wonder if I truly am a bond slave of God after all?
A bond slave is always ready to obey the will of his master. He/she doesn’t rebel or react, but delights to do the Master’s will. And if we are truly a servant of God, it will start right in our home. It’s easy to be a servant of God while singing in the choir, leading a Bible Study, or going on a mission trip. It’s not quite so easy when you are serving your husband instead of yourself and serving as a mother in the home. But this is the reality. When we delight to serve our husband; when we delight to lay down our lives as a mother to serve our family and build a home for God’s glory, we are serving God.
Is this the attitude we have to all the work and constant interruptions and challenges we face in our home each day? Is our response, “I delight to do thy will, O my God” (Psalm 40:8)?
A servant does his duty, but there is a higher level. Jesus said, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them he it is that loveth me, and He that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
Rather than being duty slaves, let’s be love slaves in our home.