Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ…. Our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. ~ Jude 1, 4
Some translations use the English word servant in the opening of Jude’s brief epistle, but this is a poor translation of the Greek word, doulos, which means “slave.” One definition for doulos is “one who is in permanent relation of servitude to another, his will altogether consumed in the will of the other.” Jude was all in when it came to his devotion, loyalty, and service to his Master and King, Jesus. If you profess the name of Christ, are you all in or is your profession mere lip service? Do you recognize His authority or do live as though you can select which commands you’ll obey or dismiss? Jesus is the Lord of lords and King of kings (Rev. 17:14), and His reign is founded upon righteousness. Is He your King? Is your will consumed in His holy will? Are you a doulos or a mere professor who denies Him in practice (see Titus 1:16; Jude 4)?