But God: Philippians 1:1a

Philippians 1:1a (ESV)

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus

Who Cares If You’re A Servant?

At first I thought, “Great.  How am I going to do a devotional on just the first half of the verse?”  But then I thought about that word servant.

What’s a servent?  If you just Google “define servant”, the first definition says, “a person who performs duties for others”.

Who’s the “others”?  Some old curmudgeon snapping at us, “Fetch me some tea, and make it snappy!”

The verse says, “Paul and Timothy, servants of….”  Guess who?  “Christ Jesus”!

And this is the amazing part.  Every Christian is a servant of God.

Big deal.

Well, keep reading.

God’s Standards

Psalm 130: 3 says (NIV now), “If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?”

The implicit answer: no one in this universe.

Wait a minute…what’s wrong with Paul and Timothy, so audacious to answer someone when asked about their job, “I’m a servant of Christ Jesus, and who are you?”  Imagine their sneer.

But its not about Paul or Timothy.  They sinned (I originally wrote they sin, too, but then realized Paul and Timothy died around 2000 years ago!), too.

The question:  how can we stand before a holy God?  We fall so short of God’s law (God’s standards), we are utterly hopeless and doomed.  Period.  The end.  Farewell.

But God

 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—  and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God

-Ephesians 2:4-8

 

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