Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons. (Philippians 1:1)
Where would the church be without the Apostle Paul? He wrote 2/3 of the New Testament and started over a dozen churches all over the known world of his time. He assigned pastors to those churches and served as a mentor and overseer for them. If we were to outline the hierarchy of the early church, Paul would have been at the top. He was the leader of leaders, but let's consider how he introduced himself to the Philippians. He didn't call himself an evangelist, prophet, or bishop. He called himself a servant.
The Greek word that is translated servant is doulos. It means slave. A slave has no rights. His will is unimportant; all that matters is the master's will. Paul was a slave to God. He acknowledged that he yielded to God and entirely depended on Him.
Jesus was indeed Paul's Lord. Is He yours? The word Lord is Kurios in Greek; it means Master. It implies the One who directs your course.
A lot of Christians have accepted Jesus as their Savior, but not as their Lord. They haven't yielded control of their lives to Him; they want to do what they want, where they want when they want, and in the way they want. They are happy that Jesus' blood was shed for them, but they don't want God to ask them to do anything that might be uncomfortable or difficult.
Whether we admit it or not, we will all serve someone or something. God allows us to choose what or whom we serve. Joshua 24:15 tells us to choose to serve the Lord. “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).
Practical Application – When Jesus is your Lord, He should also be your Master. Serve God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. You will never regret it!
Romans 6:16; Romans 6:22