Today’s Scripture: Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, Romans 1:1

The Apostle Paul was a man who was trained by the best teachers in the traditions of the Jews. He had the best Jewish education of the time. He was also a very high Pharisee as well as a Roman citizen. He could have named a number of accomplishments to describe himself, but he said, “a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.”

These were the things that were important to him: his position under Christ, the job that God had called him to do, and his separation to preach the gospel. When you think back, what are the monumental details of your life? Do you consider what Paul put first on his list? He said, “A servant of Jesus Christ.”

Servant, in the Greek, means a slave or bondman. We have been bought with a price by Christ, so we are in the same category as Paul placed himself. Do you consider it an honor to be called a slave of Christ? Paul did!

Slavery is wrong; one man should never own another man. However, it is not wrong for God to claim ownership over His creation. Since God loves us, that makes serving him more desirable, but we do not have the right to choose not to serve Him. He gives us the free will to choose, but we are His possession. What He says is our command.

It is a privilege to be a servant of God. We ought to be like Paul and put it first on our spiritual résumé. We are God’s; we need to do the tasks He has given us diligently and make the gospel our priority. After all, God did command all of us to preach the gospel.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.