1. 1 Thessalonians 1:9 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

What does “serve” denote?

1 Thessalonians 1:9 (ESV)

9 For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,

The original word (δουλεύω) is related to the word for slave, and indicates undivided allegiance to God.