I've been meditating more on this concept of Christian discipleship as a "call to slavery," and have two additional thoughts:
- The alternative to slavery to Christ is not moral liberty and personal autonomy; it is slavery to sin and to Satan. Before Christ, we may think we are free, but we are actually slaves of a different dictator. Romans 6:17-20 says, "But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification."
- The fact that Jesus Christ is my Master does not mean He is an unjust and abusive tyrant; on the contrary, He is always merciful, generous, and reasonable. His "yoke is easy, and His burden is light" (Matt. 11:30). Sometimes, He asks me to do hard things, but He always gives me the grace to obey Him. He is the most benevolent king of all. Thomas Watson says, "He is a king full of mercy and clemency; as He has a sceptre in His hand, so an olive branch of peace in His mouth. Though He be the Lion of the tribe of Judah for majesty, yet He is the Lamb of God for meekness. His regal rod has honey at the end of it. He sheds abroad His love into the hearts of His subjects; He rules them with promises as well as precepts. This makes all His subjects become volunteers; they are willing to pay their allegiance to Him" (Body of Divinity, p. 188).