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Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God, which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures,  concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.

— Romans 1:1-4

Wow! that is one long sentence… It’s hard to read it without running out of breath.  But it reveals Paul’s passion and enthusiasm to share with Roman people, the glorious news about Jesus Christ.
Imagine how you would feel if you discovered a cure for every kind of cancer known to man? How much time and energy would you expend making this wonderful cure available to as many people as you could in your lifetime?
Well Paul is a man on a mission because he recognizes he has a cure for the deadliest illness known to man—SIN!  Paul knows the gospel is 100 percent effective in breaking the chains that bind us, showing us how to be forgiven of all our sins and providing us Peace with God.
The Gospel was the driving force in Paul’s life and he is taking this magnificent obsession to the world and he asks the Roman believers to help.

We too can take part in the Great commission!  Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 28:19-20, Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Can you think of someone who needs to hear this life changing message? Begin by praying and then look for an opportunity to share with someone this Glorious news! 

Scripture Promise; Romans 10:15...  How beautiful are the feet of those who bring forth the Gospel of peace

 
 

Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ…

— Romans 1:1a

Paul begins his magnificent letter to the Romans by identifying himself as Paul, a bondservant of Jesus. Now we can read this and say cool and keep on reading,. But let’s not miss the miracle that can be hidden at first glance!
The man who is writing this letter was once called Saul of Tarsus, a leading Pharisee of his day, one of the most educated and powerful men of his time, today’s equivalent would be a Supreme Court Justice. He spent a great deal of his time persecuting believers and imprisoning them, even giving consent to killing others. But while on his way to arrest believers in the city of Damascus... he encountered the risen Christ!
It wasn’t long after this encounter with Jesus that Saul changed his name to Paul.  Why? Because Saul was forever a changed man. He no longer desired to be identified as SAUL = the requested one. Instead He chose the name Paul which means = little one!  Humility is realizing that we ourselves are nothing, but we are EVERYTHING in Christ.
Years ago, Diane Sawyer did an interview with Billy Graham. She asked Dr. Graham, tell me, what do you consider to be your greatest failure? She suggested, was it your association with Richard Nixon? Or Your involvement with Russia?  Billy looked her in the eye and said, “I consider my whole life a failure!”  That wasn’t just a clever response but how Billy genuinely felt, because after he encountered Christ, he too was forever a changed and humbled man.

Someone once said, a tree with the most fruit has branches that hang low. The follower of Christ who is truly the most fruitful will be the most humble.

Scripture Promise: James 4:10...Humble yourself before the Lord and he will lift you up!

Paul, a bond servant of Christ

— Romans 1:1

It's amazing the Apostle Paul identifies himself at the beginning of his letter as a bond servant of Jesus.  No one was more aware of how blessed he was, to be a free Roman citizen than Paul, and the last thing a free Roman citizen would want to do is to lose their privileged position and become someones slave. Yet Paul was blessed to tell everyone he was a bond slave of Jesus Christ.

Exodus 21:2...tells us that a slave was required to serve only 6 years of their life, after that they were to be set free.  However, at the end of that time, if the slave loved his master and chose to remain a servant in his masters household, he could become a Doulos or a bond slave. They would take an awl and run it thru his right ear and put a ring in his ear, signifying he was a slave by choice. 

This is how Paul now chose to see himself and how he wanted others to see him too, as a willing servant of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:7-8... tells us, "Jesus made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondslave, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He Humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death...even the death of the cross."

We can see why Paul chose this humble position, he was simply following in the steps of his lowly Savior. You and i may never acheive greatness or noteriety in this life but Pauls example shows us...the greatest and highest position a man or woman can attain in this life is to be a bond servant to Jesus Christ.   

Something to consider: Jesus said in Luke 22:27; "For who is greater? he who sits at the table or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? and yet i am among you as the One who serves.

 

 

 

But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me that I might preach him among the gentiles.

— Galatians 1:15

Paul was forever conscious that he was called by God to devote himself and his life to preaching the Gospel. This calling came long before his conversion on the Damascus road....as he testifies, God set him apart from birth.

This must be the same mindset of everyone who feels called to the ministry. It is fundamentally important that every believer discern their spiritual gifts and to use those gifts for Gods glory. It is just as vital that we also, not allow ourselves to be distracted and entangled in every other worldly pursuit. What ever we are called by God to do, we need to pursue that without trying to do everything else.  What i am getting at is... when we sense the call of God on our lives, we need to stick to that calling and not let distractions prevent us from fulfilling Gods will for us.

How do we discern Gods will in our lives? I believe there are 3 ways we can discern Gods will. FIRST we need an inner conviction that such a pursuit is what God wants for us. We see this conviction in Pauls life here in Galatians 1:15. SECOND We need the wisdom of our church leaders and elders. Its foolish to think we can simply announce that we have been given a special ministry without passing it by our elders and spiritual leaders first.  They may offer some encouragement or challenging feedback. Such advice will enable us to puruse such a calling in a more responsible way. THIRD...We need the feedback and evaluation of spiritual mentors who observe us in the ministries in which we think ourselves to be called.  It is not uncommon for me to have to sit a believer down now and then and share my concerns over their perceptions of a future direction in ministry. This is a difficult thing to do, but it is I believe none the less an important one. It would be irresponsible of me to allow someone to pursue a particular course of ministry if i felt they were not prepared or gifted for it.


So if you sense the Lord’s call on your life? Pray and follow these simple steps by faith, allowing God to guide you where He wants you to be.

Scripture Promise; Proverbs 15:22..."Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed."

yOU WERE SEALED BY THE hOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISe, WHICH IS EARNEST OF OUR INHERITANCE UNTIL THE REDEMPTION OF THE PURCHASED POSSESSION, TO THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY.                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                               EPHEISANS 1:13-14 ( nKJV )

What an amazing gift we have in Gods Holy Spirit...The Holy Spirit is not ONLY the seal of our redemption, but the earnest of our inheritance.  We do not use this old fashion term anymore, but real estate agents will use the word "earnest" when you want to buy a house. When Sharon and i were looking for a home, we found a suitable home in our price range and wanted to make an offer. Our real estate agent told us we needed some "earnest money."  She needed a check for a thousand dollars to show the seller that we are earnest in our offer to purchase the home. Our check will prove we really mean business and we are not going to back out on the deal.

Similarly, the Holy Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance as Christians. God gives the Holy Spirit to each believer as evidence that He is earnest about saving us, that He means business. He is not going to back out on us and there is much more to come. This heavenly transaction is underway but is not yet completed. We are still waiting for the rest of our inheritance.. 

Scripture Promise; Philippians 1:6...."Being confident of this very thing, He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ." 

 

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