Slavery is a word used often in today’s society. Many people came to America in the 1600’s and early 1700’s as indentured servants who worked for many years to pay off that debt for their freedom to come to America. Many people also came as actual slaves bought and paid for from their country of origin and brought to America only to be sold again as slaves. Those were dark days in our country and then over 150 years ago the Civil War was fought to free the slaves and give them the freedom they had longed for. Today we still see slavery in the slave sex trafficking of minor aged girls and boys. Slavery of anyone against their will is horrible.
Paul, the Apostle of Jesus Christ, often referred to himself as a slave of God. Paul was not what we would call a dependent person. Before he met Jesus he would have been described as an independent person on a mission to destroy anyone who followed Jesus, but he was changed. Everything Paul did after that point in his life was to further God’s kingdom. He wanted every to know Christ and to understand the gospel. He was a man with a mission who did what God wanted him to do and in that sense he was a slave.
“For this reason” Paul reminded Timothy and all of us who are believers to stir into flame the gift of God. God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-control. Do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord. Slavery to Jesus Christ is not slavery but true freedom in Him.