δούλος και υπερηφάνεια – Slave and Pride

In my reading today for one of my classes I came across the Greek word δούλος.
δούλος (Doulos – modern pronunciation would be: voulos)  – means: slave. For what ever reason Americans have a hard time pronouncing the δ – which is similar to “d” and “v” enunciated in the back of the throat.

In the context of my reading it was talking about how Peter, Paul, John, Jude, and James labeled themselves as δούλος of God/Jesus Christ.
What really hit me was the fact that these founding apostles and church fathers labeled themselves as slaves. Nobodies. Think of the humility of that statement. They were so overwhelmed and perceived Jesus so clearly that they counted themselves as slaves before God. As I contemplated it further I realized how out of place I am. Often I find myself competing or judging for my own glory, for my fame. My humility is lacking so often. Reading this was a good placement check. I have to grasp that I am a nobody. The way I “prefer” ministry and the interpretations of scripture I hold to should not become so entrenched in my thinking that I judge others as being less capable or inaccurate because they differ from me.

I don’t always need my opinion voiced, or my guidance used, etc. The conclusion I have realized is that I can learn so much from other people that I need to take the time to listen and learn. Cause what is worse than getting an opinion from someone when you didn’t ask for one? Now if it is challenging and makes you a better person you may come to appreciate it but at first most of us would become annoyed.

As I try to make the changes in my life to be more perceptive of who I am in comparison to who Jesus is I ask you to look into your own life as well. Look back to the church founders, apostles, and leaders and learn from their humility. Be wary of pride, for it leads to a world of trouble.

-David

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