If it’s been a while since you’ve read the book of Romans, I recommend a re-read. Especially chapter 1, although the entire book will change your life.
Verses 1 through 7 is one large, explosive sentence that will rock your world.
Paul, who wrote the book, calls himself a slave of Jesus Christ. Where was his self-esteem?
He was called to be an apostle (a sent-one). Who called him? God did. Paul didn’t appoint himself like so many do today.
Paul was set apart for the gospel of God. That was his job description. He didn’t have to forge a career path, or construct a vision for his ministry.
And what gospel was this that Paul was set apart for?
The same gospel that the prophets preached in the Old Testament concerning Christ, the Messiah. This gospel was not a new message for New Testament people, but an ancient message promised to God’s people from Genesis all the way through to Revelation.
Jesus Christ was both God and man. His human lineage came from David and his identity as the Son of God was declared according to the Spirit when Jesus was resurrected from the dead.
It was this gospel that Paul was commissioned to preach to the Gentiles.
Have you been called to belong to Jesus Christ? Has God revealed his Christ to you as the solution to your sins and separation from God?
If the answer is no, re-read Romans 1: 1-7. Then pray this prayer:
Lord Jesus, thank you for paying my debt, bearing my punishment on the cross and offering me forgiveness and new life. Knowing that you have been raised from the dead, I turn from my sins and receive you as my Lord. Amen.
If the answer is yes, you do know him as your Lord, know this: it is God who loved you to this. It is God who called you to be a saint (set-apart one).
This was God’s idea, not yours!
Go out and tell someone!
Leave me a comment if you prayed to receive Jesus today.