“Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, an apostle called, separated to the gospel of God…” (Romans 1:1)
Paul – the simple name of a small man. “Paul” means “small.” Notice that all words pertaining to Paul here are passive. Paul is simply – and in everything – acted upon by God. He is the pawn and recipient of the action of Another – enslaved, apostolically “sent-out,” called, and set apart…by God and for God.
It is pure gospel truth to be identified only by what Christ has done to you, and not by what you have done to merit Christ’s favor, for you have done nothing, and Christ has done everything. You are simply a small name – a “Paul” – and the color and tenor of your life is only as great as the calling, drawing, loving power of Christ upon you.
What do you have that you have not received? What stature do you have but the “smallness” given to you by Christ?
Oh, do you remember that day when you were cut down to nothing, and He began to rise high in your heart (John 3:14)? Do you remember those months when He began to increase, and you began to decrease (John 3:30)?
Oh, be small, sister!
Be meek and little, brother!
Do you seek great things for yourself? Don’t seek them (Jer. 45:5).
Be more like Paul – reduced, enslaved, sent out, called, separated…by Christ and for His gospel.
“Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, an apostle called, separated to the gospel of God…”