“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ” [Romans 1:1].
In the Roman Empire, the servant was considered a piece of property to be bought and sold at the whim of the wealthy. He had few rights, and disobedience to his master could legally result in his death.
As a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, Paul had also been bought, not with Roman currency, but with the precious blood of his Master, Jesus Christ. A costly price! This purchase, however, did not result in bondage for the apostle, but it afforded him liberty from the fetters of sin and death. It is a privilege to be a servant of the Son of God.
The Roman slave was chosen by his master on the grounds of his abilities or other merits. But Paul wasn’t chosen through any of his merits but by the grace and love of his Lord.
The apostle was not ashamed of his servitude to Christ, for he boldly states it in the opening of his Roman epistle. He was aware that servants were considered inferior to those with a higher social status. Still, Paul chose to describe himself as such, although he could have claimed to be more.
Paul was a Jew and a Pharisee, a leader in the Jewish faith, and a scholar of Scripture.
He held Roman citizenship, which carried certain privileges. Paul was well-educated and possessed great intellectual abilities.
To the world, such a man would be thought a fool because he used his talents for the Lord’s service. But Paul was a happy and grateful servant of Christ. Are you ashamed to be called the servant of the Lord Jesus Christ?