Servant of Christ?
In the beginning of Phillippians 1 we are introduced to Paul and Timotheus. Many of us have been in church for years. Who are these two characters? What do we know about their background? Is he mentioned in other places? Paul is definitely mentioned in a lot of books in the New Testament. In Acts chapter 9 Paul also known as Saul is on his way to Damascus to arrest Christians when he is surrounded by a bright Light. The Lord Jesus spoke to him and asked why he was persecuting Him. The Lord told Paul to go to Damascus and wait for further instructions. As a result of this encounter Paul was left blind. In chapter 9:15 we see where God spoke to a disciple in Damascus named Ananias to go and pray for Saul of Tarsus that he might receive his sight. When Ananias argued with God because he knew of Saul’s reputation God told him, “…he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.” Paul was a chosen vessel. He was chosen before the foundation of the world. Ephesians 1:4.
I want you to notice that Paul considered Timotheus and himself to be servants of Jesus Christ! How many Christians are servants in the kingdom of God? In the Greek, the word servant also means slave, one under subjection and subservient. When he says servants he isn’t talking about someone who is just working for someone else. Here is what it really means. Paul and Timotheus , slaves of Jesus Christ. What does a slave do? He or she serves their master. For what purpose? For the master’s personal reasons, not yours. In our churches, in our society, do we behave like slaves? Are we subject to one another? Are we subservient to each other? What we call Christianity in the United States is junk. Why do you say that? Notice! He says Paul and Timotheus the servants. What did we say servants were? Slaves. Slaves of Who? If I am a slave of Jesus Christ I only obey him. Do I? We who claim to be Christians only answer to our master. He tells us when to go, where to go, how to go, and what to do. When He says, “Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ,” He is under subjection to Christ. We want to live like we want to, and act like we want to. The truth is we should say, “Lord, What would You have me to do?” Are you a servant of Christ?