I recently listened to a message preached on Romans 1:1 and it touched my life. The pastor focused his message around a sabbatical that he took and the signs that God gave him through that journey. The message of Romans 1:1 may be short but it is very powerful.
Paul’s Attitude of a Bondservant
“Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God…” -Romans 1:1, NKJV
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary definition of a bondservant is: one bound to service without wages, also: slave. Paul was Jesus’ bondservant, his slave. He wasn’t forced into it, or held against his will by Jesus. Paul chose to take up his cross daily to be a bondservant of Jesus Christ; a submissive servant of the Lord. Through trials, tribulations, and persecution, Paul remained faithful.
Paul was called to be an apostle. Webster’s says an apostle is: one sent on a mission. I came across other definitions of apostle that include: messenger, missionary,and a commissioned representative of a congregation. Paul was certainly all of these things.
Paul was called to be all of these things and accomplished them with the attitude of a bondservant. He was ‘separated to the gospel of God,’ meaning that he was commissioned to preach the Gospel of God. What greater responsibility is there? None. What job could possibly be more important for a person to do? There is none.
Paul labored as a submissive servant to Jesus Christ, spreading the message of salvation and servant-hood everywhere that God sent him. He didn’t tuck tale and run the other direction. He didn’t give God stipulations. He did it all without expecting anything, because he was a bondservant of Jesus Christ.
We Are All Called to be Bondservants of Christ
We are all called by God. We are not all called into full-time ministry in the church or to be missionaries. Some of us are called to be homemakers, cashiers, and waitresses; but we are all called to do everything to the best of our ability and to carry on the message of Jesus.
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31, NKJV
This one verse, Romans 1:1, touched my heart; it spoke to me. I want to have the attitude of Paul when it comes to Jesus. Lord, if you ask me to go, I’ll go. Lord, if you ask anything of me, I will do it without stipulations. Cleanse my heart and direct my life. Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy. Thank you for transforming my heart. Continue to work in my life. Make me your bondservant. I long to be a laborer for Jesus Christ.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'” – Matthew 28: 18-20, NIV
Are you ready and willing to be a bondservant of Jesus Christ? What talents has God blessed you with to help you in this endeavor? Are you using them to benefit the Kingdom?