Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, 3 the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name…
The book of Romans is a favorite of many Christian believers. As we launch into Romans this morning it’s v.5 that gets my attention. Paul says of himself (and those with him) three very important things:
- Through Jesus they have received grace for salvation and for vocation
- The nature of that vocation is “apostleship” – being sent out for God’s purposes
- The purpose of their apostleship is “to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles”
While all believers receive grace for salvation through Jesus, not all of us are called to the vocation of apostleship – or for the purpose of bringing about faith among the Gentiles (persons who are not Jewish ). But we are all called, sisters and brothers. And we all have a purpose. Clarity of vocation and purpose is a powerful thing. This morning I’m again reflecting on my own vocation and purpose. What about you? Who are you called to be? For what purpose?
Lord you have claimed us as sons and daughters of God. Give us grace to be clear about these important questions. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.