I will be commencing a series in Romans that is devotional and themed. So let’s begin with Romans 1:1. This verse has three divisions in it, Paul being a “servant”, Paul being “called” and Paul being “separated”.
Today we will focus on just the word “servant”.
A Servant as defined by Webster’s, “A person, male or female that attends another for the purpose of performing menial offices for him. One in a state of subjection.
It is easy in scripture to mix up a servant and slave. They are not the same. A servant’s subjection to a master is voluntary, the slaves is not. “Every slave is a servant, but every servant is not a slave.”
Christ has purchased us as His possessions according to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, our bodies are His “holy” temple. Yet God in His grace and mercy has desired that though we be bought, we be not “slaves” but “servants”, giving service unto Him voluntarily! This is such wonderful liberty that is granted to us, it bears consideration. That we were the one’s guilty of sin, that we were the one’s who had turned away from Him, yet despite all that He (Christ) had to overcome through His life on earth, His crucifixion, His death, burial and resurrection, He still setup our relationship with Him, as “servants” (and not slaves). What an amazing God!
However within the realm of that liberty comes responsibility. A responsibility too choose to please Him than displeasing Him. A responsibility to walk circumspectly in agreement with Him as opposed to raising up our own idols. These are not commands dear friends, but simple voluntary submission in awe, appreciation and response to His unending love. A love that should constrain us.
It is easy in having this liberty too forget that we are bound, that there is a contract and that we are under the subjection of a Great and Holy God. Our will, lusts and desires begin to dictate direction as opposed to what our Lord God would have us do (Proverbs 3:5-6). Now don’t be mistaken, it’s not the grace and liberty afforded us that’s the problem, but us. Our flesh desires it’s own way, a way of self, at the disregard of God, for however noble, for however true. A direction that is taken without consideration of Him, is not a direction at all, as it disrespects the gift we have in salvation, it disregards the one who thought it nothing to bear our shame and turn a slave into a servant. This is a sobering thought, and one considering.
5, Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6, In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
14, For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
15, And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.