“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,” Romans 1:1
Paul tells us three things about himself.
- He was a servant of Jesus.
- He was called to be an apostle.
- He was separated unto the gospel.
He was a servant
This is something we all should be. Jesus said:
Matthew 23:10-12 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
May we always remember that we are to serve, not only our God, but others. May we serve Him till He comes.
Matthew 24:46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
He was called
Paul wasn’t a pastor. He wasn’t a deacon. His calling was to be an apostle, which was one who was 1) a witness of the resurrection of Christ (Acts 1:22) and 2) given the ability to do signs and wonders (II Corinthians 12:12). We are not all given the same calling, God has a unique plan for each of us – if we will walk in it.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
He was separated
Paul and Barnabas, while they were teaching in the church of Antioch, were separated out by the God for the missionary work which they did.
Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
What can we apply from this verse to our life? We are all to be servants of God. May we be faithful servants. We do not all have the same calling in life – may we fulfill our calling well. God will separate out certain people for certain works. Paul was not allowed by God to go to certain towns, but He was allowed to go to others. Let us look for the work that God has specifically for us and, like Paul, get to work!