Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God. Romans 1:1
Note: Over the next several months I will be walking through the Book of Romans. I will probably not be going verse by verse but small section by small section. We will be covering a wide scope of theology in this rich New Testament book. Prepare your hearts because I am certain the enemy does not want you to have a full grasp of the contents in this book. Read through each section on your own and you will gain more from these devotionals.
The first title Paul ascribes to himself is that of ‘servant.’ It’s fitting that the One who was servant of all has a host of servants. I’ve been thinking about that concept lately. Christ, who was described in Isaiah 42 as God’s faithful servant, subjected Himself to the will of God. As followers, we are commanded to seek His will and serve Him. In Mark 9:35, Jesus Himself tells us that “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”
In a twist of roles, Jesus was both servant of all and King of all.
Unfortunately we tend to want to be both in our own little kingdoms, though His wish is that we would be servants only.