One of most well know Christians in all of Christian history is a man named Paul. He is sometimes referred to as Paul the Apostle or The Apostle Paul. If you have not had a chance to read the story of Paul’s conversion into being a follower of Jesus, it will be well worth your time to do so. Paul’s story can be found in the 5th book of the Bible’s New Testament. That book is called Acts. Start reading in the 6th chapter. You won’t be introduced to Paul yet, but you will be introduced to a young man named Stephen. It is through Stephen that we are introduced to a man named Saul. And it is Saul that is transformed into who we now call Paul.
One of the things that Paul is famous for is writing 13 of the 27 New Testament books. Of those 13, one is referred to as Romans. The book of Romans is a letter that Paul writes to Christians that were in Rome, and many believe is it Paul’s greatest work.
I want us to read, together, the opening line of this long letter. “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an Apostle, set apart for the Gospel of God.”
I love this!!!
Arguably the most well-known Christian in history!
He encountered Jesus face to face. He was empowered to perform miracles. He exercised authority over demons.
The one and only Paul the Apostle.
Yet when introducing himself, when writing a short bio of himself for many to read, he decided to use the word ‘servant.’
He mentions his calling and what God wanted him to do. But when it came to who he was, he simply uses ‘servant’ as the word to describe himself.
Titles are sought after and fought over. Positions are used to get ahead and to push others down.
Servants don’t have time for all that nonsense. They are too busy. Too busy…well…serving.