Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:24-25 “The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,”
Christians we are slaves of Christ because He purchased and redeemed our souls. What a joy it is to be His slave! What an honor to follow and serve the Truth- the Lover of our souls who washed our crimson sin stained hearts white as snow. Is it not so very satisfying to serve the King of Kings who gives to all their life and breath and who sustains our being and upholds all things by the word of His power? To submit to the One who gives rest to those who come to Him weary from their labor? Is servitude to Him not much more appealing than becoming slaves to our own fleshly addictions or selfish ambitions, the world system, or the devil’s desires- which only lead to destruction and despair?
Slaves of Christ, the more we understand and walk in our true identity as the redeemed, the more we are able to choose truth and life when conflict arises- the more we can walk in the reality that we are accepted by our Father even though we are rejected by all others- the more we can respond with love and graciousness even though we are ridiculed and belittled. This kind of love in action flows from the soul practicing the presence of God and walking after the Spirit which indwells all whom Christ has bought with His blood. The Lord’s ambassador is called not to quarrel but to teach- to use wisdom in the communication of Christ’s revelation so that the medium is winsome and effective. Kindness, patience, and gentleness are the fruits of the Spirit that should be released when we are wronged or contradicted. When we communicate the Truth verbally and “correct those in opposition,” our character is the package from which the words come and will either validate or discredit our message. In our witness there is a synergy between God and man in that we announce the grace of God through our words and actions, and God grants the unbeliever the repentance which leads to the knowledge of the truth. May we seek to become more effective instruments of God grace and truth.
Prayer: Father, what a priviledge it is for me to be your servant, your slave. There is no other Master that I would rather serve. You are worthy to be praised and worthy of my allegiance. Lord you know my thoughts and the state of my heart and you know what my life needs to become a more effective ambassador for You in this world. Help me Lord to walk in my true identy in You and to choose truth and grace when any sort of trouble or difficulty comes. Help me to walk after the Spirit and produce in me the fruit of the Spirit. May your life in me be the life which others see. As I follow your command to make disciples of all nations, give me the courage to show love in action to those who seem to hate your coming. Please grant them repentance which leads to the knowledge of Truth and life eternal. For Your glory alone. In Jesus name, Amen