Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures
Believer, you can identify yourself here too. Read verse 1 but fill in your name and your calling. If you do not know your calling fill in “the image of Christ.” For me, this sentence reads, “Donna, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be a teacher, set apart for the gospel of God.” What does it say about you? Write it out, read it aloud. Claim your identity in Christ.
Believer, you are a servant of Christ Jesus. You have obeyed his first commandment of you, that you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe with your heart that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9). As a servant, it is expected that you will continue to serve Him, obey Him, and seek to represent your Lord and Master in the world. To obey, you must know what it is He asks of you. You need a relationship to listen and communicate with Him and you need to know where to look for His commandments. The Word of God is filled with God’s will for you. Jesus told us, ““This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). It is in the obedience to this command that we best represent Him to the world. In John 13:34-35 Jesus said,
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
What is your calling? How is it that God wants you specifically to love people and share His Gospel? There are many gifts God has given and God has given you at least one (1 Corinthians 12:7). Using your gifts is how God builds His church and builds up His church. He works through each of us and adds to the church but also strengthens us as we become more and more like Him. 1 Peter 4:8-11 says it this way,
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen
What is your gift? If you do not know, there are several ways to find out. If you actively serve God, persistently follow Him, and spend much time in the presence of fellow believers, ask your brothers and sisters what your gift is. They will know because they will see God’s Holy Spirit at work within you and through you. You can see for yourself as well, what it is you’re good at doing. Are you the person who loves to clean up after service, plan a party, or give to the poor? Are you the person skilled at making the Gospel simple, speaking God’s truth to those around, or praying for others? That is likely your gift. There are a couple of places in the Word, which list some of the gifts. One such list is 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. It reads,
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
There are also tests you can take to help you identify your gifts. As you grow and mature in Christ, your gifts will grow and change. Whatever your gifts are, God set you apart to use them for His Gospel.
You were called before you were born, before the world was created, to be a servant of Christ! God made you very purposefully and with great deliberation so that you could be exactly who He designed you to be, His servant glorifying Him in the image of Christ. Read what Paul wrote to the Ephesians in Ephesians 1:3-10.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
As verse 2 reminds us, we were called apart beforehand, through His prophets in the holy Scriptures. That may sound confusing to you. What does it mean? It means that you find out who you are in Christ, by reading the Bible and believing what it is God says about you in those glorious living pages. As you find out who Jesus is, you will find out who you are in Him. Verses 3-4 tell us a little something about who Jesus is, and what the Gospel is.
concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,
Jesus is the Son of God born as a man as prophecy states from the lineage of King David and professed and recognized as the Son of God by the Holy Spirit and by His Resurrection. He is our Savior and Lord, Jesus.
Jesus is the Son of God; He is the power of Almighty God manifested in perfect Love, Peace, and Salvation! If you mediate on what that means, you cannot help but be overjoyed and rest in the knowledge of who He is and who you are in Him. Believer, you are saved, you are given the righteousness of Christ because He took your sins on Himself and paid the price (2 Corinthians 5:21). You have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead within you (Romans8:11)! You can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13)! You can do greater things than Jesus did (John 14:12)! Why? How? Because you are a servant of Christ, called and set aside to be who you are, because God adores you.
Do you know who you are in Christ? Do you know who God made you to be? He made you to be loved, He made you a saint (Romans 1:6). I want you to know who you are, so you can help others know who they are, so you can love them the way God loves them, and so you can love the full life your Creator means for you to live.