Bondservants

servant-leadership“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God.” Rom. 1:1 (NIV)

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As we continue to explore our new spiritual identity in Christ, it is helpful to examine how the Apostle Paul saw his own identity. While Paul often referred to himself as an apostle, this was a role he recognized only applied to a very select group of people.

Otherwise, Paul saw himself in 3 different roles that apply to all who follow Jesus.

First and foremost, Paul saw himself as a servant of Christ. A servant by definition has a master and Paul names his master as Jesus Christ.

A servant doesn’t argue or refuse instructions.

A servant simply obeys.

On one level, all followers of Jesus are His servants.

In today’s world, we have difficulty identifying ourselves as a servant. Our western society exalts autonomy and freedom of choice. It is built on democracy in which we participate in the choosing of our government. In fact, in today’s western world, the concept of servanthood has all but disappeared.

In medicine we may work within a hierarchy, but we don’t have servants. And as physicians, we certainly don’t submit ourselves to someone else as servants.

This raises the question of why we as Christians should submit ourselves to be servants of Jesus Christ. Why not follow the trends of the world and make our own choices?

The answer is simple.

We make the wrong choices.

We make the wrong choices because we see the world and ourselves through an imperfect lens. Though we try to make the best choices we can, they often fall short of what His choices would be for us.

We are fortunate and blessed to have someone who knows us completely, and is able to make the right choices for us. Jesus is a gracious master. He loves us. He treats us with justice, mercy and grace. He is not an overbearing master.

He knows what is best for us, and He desires to lead us into those choices.

But He will only lead us as we submit to Him.

We can choose to go our own way and make our own mistakes, or we can choose to follow His leading.

Prayer: Lord, help me to daily surrender my will to You.

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