Doulost is a combination of the New Testament word for slave (or servant, or bondservant*) with the idea of being lost. It encapsulates what in part is the experience of the Christian faith in the modern world. One can be a servant (or slave) of Jesus Christ (cf. Rom 1:1; 2 Cor. 4:5; Phil. 1:1; Jam. 1:1; 2 Pet. 1:1, Rev 1:1) and still experience a sense of feeling out of place in the world. Actually the Bible seems to encourage this sort of feeling (John 17:14-19;1 John 2:15;) As the world turns under all of us Christian or otherwise though cultural shifts, technological advancements, or simply the tragedies of life, feeling lost is often synonymous with being alive.
Yet the paradox of the Christian faith, and the paradox of Doulost is that even as one can feel lost they can also be found.
Whoever finds their life will lose it and the one who loses his life will gain it
This is a blog about imagining and living the lost life. The life lived as an exile.
But this is also a blog about imagining and living the found life. The life lived as a slave.
If neither of these things appeal to you, then you don’t know the hope and haven’t met the master. I hope you will find both in these pages.
Exile is hope when you have a redemption to look forward to (Romans 8:23)
Slavery is freedom when your master is love (John 4:16)
*The jury is still out on the exact nuance of the word.