Alternative View - December 5, 2017
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Me, Slave Of Christ
Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God. - (Romans 1:1)
The reason you may not be seeing more of God’s rescue and deliverance in your life is that you may have Jesus positioned as your Savior, but not as your Lord. And you may not have positioned yourself as His slave. The book of Romans opens up with these words, “Paul, a bondservant of Christ Jesus . . .” (Romans 1:1). A bondservant is translated from doulos, which literally means “slave.”The job of a slave is do whatever the master says to do. It’s as straightforward as that.
Unfortunately today, in most of our lives Jesus has too many other masters with whom He has to compete. But the important thing to remember is that Jesus is not willing to be one among many. He is not willing to be part of an association or a club. Neither is He willing to be relegated as a personal assistant. Jesus as Lord means that Jesus is to be the one and only supreme ruler and master in your life. He calls the shots, and He is to be acknowledged in everything that is done.
Too many people want a Savior, but don’t want a Lord. Because of this, a number of individuals today are experiencing the result of denying Christ publicly.
Reflection: What is the difference between Jesus being your Savior and being your Lord? Who or what is master in your life? Where is Jesus calling for your obedience this week?
Jesus, we often make a big deal of Peter denying You by the fire when You were being taken to be tried. But a failure to confess You publicly when I have an opportunity to do so also equates to denying You. Lord, may it never be that my mouth remains closed when it comes to You and Your name.
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