A servant of Christ Jesus.
"Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,"
Today we begin a journey through the book of Romans. Buckle up. Don't miss a day.
If you were to begin a letter to a local church like Paul does here to the church in Rome, how would you identify yourself? Paul identified himself as a servant. The word, “servant”, means “slave” or “one fully committed to another." A slave always does what his master or lord commands. Paul sees himself as a slave of Christ Jesus, as a person fully committed to his Lord, Jesus Christ.
Do you think of yourself as a slave of Jesus Christ?
If yes, do you think Jesus agrees with you? Do you think the people around you think of you as a slave of Jesus Christ?
Paul writes what a person does who presents himself as a slave in Romans 6:16. A slave seeks to obey the one he serves as a slave. Are you finding out what Jesus is commanding you to do and doing it?
Paul identified himself as an apostle. In 1 Corinthians 12:28 Paul lists some assigned tasks people have in the Body of Christ, the Church. An apostle is a leader sent to start new churches and oversee the churches as they establish local leaders, called elders, shepherds or pastors. The authentic apostle has been given the ability to perform signs, wonders, and mighty works (2 Corinthians 12:12). If the person who claims to be an apostle cannot with utmost patience perform signs, wonders and mighty works, that person is not a true apostle.
What assigned task in the Body of Christ, the Church, has God given you?
If you do not know, do the following:
Paul knew he was set apart for the gospel of God. All of us are set apart for the gospel of God. We only differ in the scope of our responsibility.
Tomorrow we will look more closely at what being set apart for the gospel of God means to each of us who are slaves of Christ Jesus.
May you discover the joy of being a servant of Jesus.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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