πŸ’‘πŸ‘‘ Are You a Servant of God?

“Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle…” (Titus 1:1)

Did you ever wonder why Paul, anΒ apostle, began his epistle to Titus by first referring to himself asΒ a servant,Β the Bible word for aΒ slave?Β Well, it helps to learn why the apostle opened two of his other epistles this way.

First, he identified himself as a servant to the Romans (Rom. 1:1) because Rome was the capital city of the Roman Empire, and the citizens of Rome were used toΒ owningΒ slaves, notΒ beingΒ slaves. Paul himself had been born with all the rights and privileges of Roman citizenship (Acts 22:25-28), yet he was humbly willing to acknowledge that he was a servant of God. So in writing the saints in Rome,Β the apostle introduced himself as a servant to remind them that they too might be free citizens, but that “he that is called in the Lord…being free,Β is Christ’s servant”Β (I Cor. 7:22).

Paul also introduced himself as a servant to the Philippians, where two of the ladies were feuding (Phil. 4:2), and everyone in the church was taking sides. When they received Paul’s letter, they probably thought thatΒ heΒ was going to take a side in their squabble and settle it in so doing. But rather than siding with either faction, he made it clear that he was writing to them “all” (1:1), praying for them “all” (1:4), thought highly of them “all” (1:7), longed after them “all” (1:8), rejoiced with them “all” (2:17), and wished them “all” well (4:23). His marked and repeated use of the wordΒ allΒ in this epistle shows that heΒ refusedΒ to take sides in their feud. Instead, he told them toΒ get on the Lord’s side, saying,

“…be likeminded…being…of one mind…let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:Β Who, being in the form of God…took upon HimΒ the form of a servant…”Β (Phil. 2:2-7).

When two believers are not of one mind, the only way they canΒ becomeΒ of one mind is to letΒ the mind of ChristΒ govern their lives–the Christ who “took upon HimΒ the form of a servant.”Β If you have a dispute with a brother in Christ, I can tell you whose side Paul would be on. He’d be on the side of whoever was willing to be the other one’s servant. Lowliness like that will solve any and all disputes.Β source

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