THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2017
October 16, 2017
Today’s reading: Romans 1:1-7
One constant call of Paul to the Christian communities was
to unity in Christ. It is the same with us today, and we are
seeing that unity happens when we are (1) all striving for
holiness, (2) being authentic servants of the one Master,
and (3) engaging in mission as warriors. Paul was of course
the epitome of all these. In his letter to the Romans, Paul
in effect states who he is and what he is, in his very opening
greeting. “Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called to
be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God” (v.1).
be holy is to be “set apart.” To be a slave is
to be an obedient, self-sacrificing servant. To be an apostle
is to be “sent forth.” Paul acknowledged his call
as being called to be holy, to be a servant or slave of Jesus,
and to be sent forth to proclaim the gospel of God.
goes on through his introductory greeting to emphasize his
call, which is the same call to those he is writing to, in
this particular case the Christians in Rome. His letter is
addressed “to all the beloved of God in Rome, called
to be holy.” (v.7a). All Christians are called to be
holy as God is holy. Paul also says that “through him
we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about
the obedience of faith, for the sake of his name, among all
the Gentiles” (v.5). All Christians are sent forth to
proclaim Christ to all the nations and bring them to faith
in and obedience to Jesus, as all “are called to belong
to Jesus Christ” (v.6).
Holiness and apostleship. What does that make Christians?
They are holy warriors.