Doulos. The Greek word for servant. Paul uses this word often in his letters to the various churches in the New Testament. He even calls himself a doulos of Christ. In this culture, becoming anyone’s servant, or doulos, required giving up one’s will for the will and service of another. This gives us new insight into a passage found in the Book of Acts. A passage that we often quote for the work of the Spirit in our midst.” On my male ‘doulos’ and female ‘doulos’ I will pour out my Spirit” (Acts 2:18).
The reason many churches aren’t Spirit-filled is because many of us are not doulos (i.e. servants) of Christ. We refuse to give up our will for His service. Honestly, our churches are filled with self-interested folks who “can give a dog gone” about anybody else. My prayer is that we would return to becoming servants of the Most High. Not just in word, but through our actions.