Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God.' Romans 1:1

This is how the apostle Paul describes himself at the beginning of his letter to the Romans. In ancient times writers put their names at the beginning of letters not at the end. It's a powerful start and one we may well miss as we start to read the letter he wrote. Let's look at it.

First, he called himself a servant. The Greek for this word means a slave, one who belongs completely to his owner and has no freedom to leave and who willingly chooses to serve his master.
Secondly, he called himself an apostle, one who is specially commissioned by Christ.
Thirdly, he described himself as set apart for no other purpose but the gospel, the glorious gospel of our dear Lord.

How do you view yourself in your Christian walk? A servant? An apostle? Set apart for the gospel?
Our view of Christianity is often far removed from Paul's. We look to see what we can get out of our faith. Paul looked to see what he could give! His view is the right one; the New Testament one! Let us look to see how we can humbly give in this life, as a servant, set apart for the glorious, powerful gospel of Christ our Lord.