Mon28Jul

PAUL, AT YOUR SERVICE.

‘The gospel…of which I, Paul, have become a servant.’ Colossians 1:23 NIV

In the early Church, people were determined to figure out who was the best apostle. There were a whole bunch of people rooting for Paul, ready to argue down the supporters of Apollos (another apostle). The problem was, Paul wasn’t having any of it. And Paul was right. He had a properly balanced opinion of himself, and of those around him. Look at what he said - he was quite happy to say that he thought of himself as being “…not at all inferior to the most eminent apostles” (2 Corinthians 11:5 NKJV), but he was completely clear-on as to why he wasn’t inferior. It wasn’t that he thought of himself and his fellow apostles as superheroes of the Church. It was because he saw them all, including himself, as servants. He wrote this: “What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Ministering servants [not heads of parties] through whom you believed, even as the Lord appointed to each his task” (1 Corinthians 3:5 AMP). He and his fellow apostles were a team, under the orders of God, so they were all completely equal.

And so are you. Being a Christian, whether that’s the Christian-church-leader or the Christian-who-makes-the-coffee-after-the-service, means that you are in that team. We’re all servants of God. No more, and no less. Whatever role we’ve been given, it’s an instruction from our Master, and valued by Him just as much as every other role in His Kingdom.

What Now?

Do three servant-y tasks for others today – e.g. make them lunch, clean something, milk the household goats (or, you know, take the lazy option and do the grocery shopping).

 2 Sam 12:1-14:20, Luke 10:13-24, Ps 78:9-16, Pr 16:25

 

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Alternative daily encouragement from UCB, adapted from the Word For Today.

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