Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, … — ROMANS 1:1
I was visiting one of our CBMC Connect3 teams a couple of weeks ago when our discussion had us in several scripture verses related to our calling as representatives of Christ. As is sometimes the case, I got hung up on a particular verse that captured my attention. On that morning, it was Romans 1:1 where Paul introduced himself to the Roman church. “Paul, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God.”
My mind was stuck on the question: how would I introduce myself? If my life were a book, how would Brent 1:1 read?
Over the next couple of weeks, I took a stab at a one-sentence introduction and challenged some of the men in my life to do the same. Here are the ones I’ve received back so far:
In Romans 1:1, the Apostle Paul isn’t listing his credentials, but rather sharing his personal ‘why’. It’s what he was giving his life to, his reason for doing it, and his understanding of how God would have him live it out. Knowing this is essential to the fruit-bearing, purpose-filled life God has for every one of us. So how would you introduce yourself and describe the direction of your life?
Think and Pray
God has called you to Himself and has a unique purpose for your life. Ask Him to help you articulate it, then let it guide your priorities and activities.
Father, thank You for giving me a new heart and for calling me according to Your good purposes. Give me Your eyes to see where You are working, and the courage to join You there. Amen.
Brent Vawter is a Senior Area Director for CBMC Oklahoma. Having spent the first 30 years of his career helping several Fortune 100 companies with their marketing and operations, he now focuses his efforts on helping businessmen grow in their relationship with Christ and discover greater purpose in life and meaning in their work.