In Paul’s day, a man who was deeply indebted could work off his debt by becoming a bond servant for six years. When his obligation was fulfilled, he could be released as a free man, but he also had the right to remain in service to his master for life. Paul described himself as a bond servant of Jesus Christ. He surrendered his new life in Christ in service to the Lord.
Paul drew his peace, joy, and rest from continually being in the presence of God. He was filled by the Holy Spirit. He was a person who demonstrated the character of Christ. This was the reason he was able to draw so many people to the Lord.
Bear in mind that before Paul encountered Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus, his mission was to persecute Christians. If God can reach down and save an enemy like Paul, and separate and equip him to be His servant and messenger, then no one is out of His reach. God works through grace, not according to human thinking or desires. Grace is His secret of salvation and His calling.
God reveals Himself, and calls us unto Himself, but He does not work through us until He has separated us unto the gospel. When we work to separate ourselves from the things that oppose Christ, we become narrow-minded and unreasonable because we are trying to give up things, instead of receiving Christ. If we are not filled with the Lord Jesus Christ, we are not allowing Him to be the lord and master of our lives.
God’s offer of grace, through the death of Christ, is available to every human. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Paul experienced this truth and knew the Lord had sowed the seed of ownership in his heart, choosing him as His bond servant. That is why he proclaimed, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16)
Pastor Odom’s message can be heard each Sunday on Radio KAML, AM 990, at 8:30 a.m. Choate Baptist Church meets for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday and Wednesday Evening Services at 7 p.m. Visitors are always welcome.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, Choate Baptist will hold a Garage Sale at our Fellowship Hall (6300 State Hwy 239) from 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Proceeds will go to help a family in the Choate community. Hope to see you there.