“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God…”- Romans 1:1
“For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.” – 1 Corinthians 9:19
A set-apart follower of Christ.
A servant of God.
This man has a call to servant leadership. He’s called to be an apostolic servant, a servant with authority.
As a servant, Paul is obedient, grateful, and all willing to place himself under God’s full disposal (Romans 1:5).
As a servant, Paul’s attitude is humble, self-sacrificial and benevolent towards all (1 Corinthians 9:19).
In today’s work culture that which men and women compete to out-do each other, Paul’s perceived identity as a servant is indeed unthinkable.
Nevertheless, like Paul, believers of Lord Jesus Christ are all called to be servants of God and man.
“Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:43b-45
Like Paul, you and I are called to be servant leaders.
Not only that we have the divine mandate to serve and to lead, we’re also endowed with authority from God, for the one in us is greater than the one in the world. Our Master, Lord Jesus says,
“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)
Our privileges as the Lord’s servants include:
– the authority to proclaim the gospel (Mark 16:15-18),
– the authority to stand against Satan (James 4:7),
– the authority to cast out demons in His name (Mark 16:17; Luke 9:1, 10:17);
– the authority to act as new creations in Christ (Ephesians 4:21-24);
– the authority to seek and receive His wisdom (James 1:5).
Winter is passing, and Spring is dawning. At this beginning of the year, let us take our call to servant leadership seriously. For to us much is already given, much will be required of us from our Lord.
We’re to choose wisely, so that we’ll exercise authority as servant leaders of the Almighty God in ways that advance His plans and purposes on earth, as it is in heaven.
All the days of our lives… He is our glory. He is our King. All praise unto Him, Amen.
Ref: “Approved in Every Way” – Ng Wah Lok http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnPeMYVuRi4