Larry Miles


larrydec26    What  does it  mean  to be called  “An Approved Servant of the Lord?” Christians are  called “bond-servants” in the  New Testament.  A  bond  servant  is one  who belongs to another; a bond-slave, without any ownership rights of their own. The Greek  word  “doulos”  is used with the highest dignity in the New Testament – namely, of believers who willingly live under Christ’s authority as His devoted followers. Some  examples are  found in  Titus 1:1,  2 Peter 1:1, and in Jude 1:1.

The  Christian who desires to be an “approved  servant” of his Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, will strive to be one who  puts the Master’s will and teachings into practice in his own life. He or she will want to be as  close to Jesus as possible, ever learning  more about Him. One hymn writer wrote, “More About Jesus Would I  Know…”

There are  many things and many ways in which an  “approved servant” of the  Lord can be  involved. These  will  always  be  done with the view of maturing in the Lord and helping others mature also.  Paul told  Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:17 that the  Scriptures  were given “that the  man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every  good work.” There  is  room in the Church of the Lord for all of us to use the  talents the  Lord has  so abundantly bestowed upon us. Paul, writing  in Ephesians 1:3, tells us our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus have “blessed  us with EVERY spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”

So, let’s  strive to use our talents to the glory of God. Let’s let our  light  shine so that our  heavenly  Father  may be  glorified (Matthew 5:14-16).  In the  next few  articles  I will be  giving  some examples of  how you and I can be an “approved servant” of the  Lord Jesus Christ.


               Larry Miles worships at the Cherry Street Church of Christ in New Albany, IN,  

            and preaches part-time at the Mackville Church of Christ in Mackville, Kentucky.