Monday, August 31, 2009
Jesus Christ Our Lord
1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God 2 which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. 5 Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, 6 among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;
7 To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:1-7, New King James Version
Jesus Christ Our Lord
With the advent of email, hand-written letters are becoming more and more rare. Upon reading the beginning of this letter by Paul to the church at Rome, I wondered what it would be like if we all began our letters this way. Paul was neither ashamed of Christ nor a bit bashful about proclaiming himself a bond servant of Christ.
This was not to be a distinction for him alone, but for all Christians. Two times in the the verses shown above, he calls Jesus Christ, our Lord.
concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord (verse 3)
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (verse 7)
Think of what he was implying.
Jesus - the God man.
Christ - the Anointed One.
Lord - our Master.
What was the relationship between a bond servant and his/her lord? Did they have a 9 to 5 job? No, every waking moment was spent in the service of their master. Their master's needs were always taken care of before attending to their own needs. There was never any doubt as to whom they belonged; the thought of serving another master while trying to serve their own master never entered their minds.
As Christians, we need to think about this. Do we take care of our Lord's needs even before our own? How do we begin each day? Can we not even set aside 15 minutes to read the Bible and pray, asking God for guidance throughout the day? I speak this to my own shame, as many days I am halfway through the day before sitting down and spending some time with the Lord. Even worse, there are days I never spend a moment with the Lord.
How about our temptation to serve two masters? What or who rules our lives? What drives us to achievement and success? I know that God has given each of us our vocations, but He never intended us to serve in that capacity apart from Him! Our vocations are not separate from our service to our Lord, but rather they are to be a part of our service to the Lord.
I am sure there are many more aspects to being a servant, but hopefully these questions will help us to think more responsibly about our relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray, today, that God would guide you in everything you do and say, that your life would be a visible example our your love for Christ.
What a privilege to be servants of Our Lord Jesus Christ!
God Bless You,