There are many things that describe a Christian and the things that one should do. One word that may not immediately come to mind is servant, or more accurately, a bond-servant. The New Testament writers, Paul, Peter, James, and Jude all describe themselves in this manner.
What exactly does this mean? The Greek word is doulos and carries with it the meaning of a person that voluntarily puts themselves in servitude to a master. In the first century this practice was a common occurrence. Often being used to pay off debts or for those who had no other options to obtain a way to support themselves.
A bond-servant put their master’s will above their own. Happily doing whatever was required by the master. In this fashion, Christians put the will of the Lord Jesus Christ above their own and willingly and joyously serve Him and the best interests of the church He died to establish.
Consider the following passage:
Philippians 2:5-11 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
May all of us seek to be the best bond-servants for Jesus. Following the perfect example, which He exhibited in the life that He led.