“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God…” (Romans 1.1 ESV)
In today’s Scripture, Paul begins his letter with an introduction. In it he makes his authority known. He is an apostle. Unlike today when many call themselves apostles, he was truly an apostle- called by God. Paul met Jesus personally as recorded in Acts 9.
However, Paul does more than call attention to his authority. He also demonstrates his subservience. He begins by saying, “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus…”. Interestingly, if we look closely at the word translated “servant” here, it is the Greek word “δοῦλος” (doulos). This Greek word is better translated as “slave.” Here Paul was declaring himself to be lowly, in total submission to Christ Jesus.
Finally, he also shows commonality with the rest of God’s people. He said he was “set apart” for the Gospel- as are all Christians.
Paul shows his authority for leadership, his humility to follow and his equality to walk with the rest of the Church.
In this we can be challenged on how we serve Christ- with humility, unity and with the authority of Christ rightly applied. Are we doing that individually? If anyone cares to comment, please share ways we can follow in this in our daily lives.