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2012.12.25 TUE

Philippians 1:1       A SERVANT OF JESUS CHRIST

  Paul introduced himself as a servant of Christ. Paul considered himself as a servant. In Romans 1:1, Paul wrote, "Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God." In Titus 1:1, Paul wrote, "Paul a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ." Paul's self-identification was a servant. Pauls said in Acts 20:24, "However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace." Who was a servant? Servants should give life to his master. Servants have task and have to finish it until death. Servants don't have right to choose his work. Even they can not sit down and rest without master's permission. Jesus said, "Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, 'Come along now and sit down to eat'? Would he not rather say, 'Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink'? (Luke 17:7,8)" This is the servantship.

  Paul wrote this letter to 'all God's holy people in Christ Jesus at Phillipi'. He wrote this to all who were called to be his holy people. As Paul himself, this holy people also were called and set apart. All Christians are people who are called to be holy. We are set apart.

  O Lord God, thank you for sending us the Savior Jesus Christ as a little and humble child. In this hustle-bustle of the world, it is not easy for us to find this humbleness of the new born king. Lord, as apostle Paul thought himself a servant, help us to consider ourselves as servants of Christ Jesus. We have no right to choose the task. We have no right to choose the place we stay. We have no right to choose the place we die. Thank you Lord. I am a servant of You. In Jesus' name, amen.

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