“Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord…” Romans 1:1-4
Activation (to be energized, switched on, set in motion), is a very popular word today. For example, many of us have called a company in-order-to have our credit/debit cards “activated.” And, most of us know what it means to buy a new I-Phone and have it “activated” for use while in the store. But how is the resurrection power of Christ set in motion in the life of the Christian believer thus enabling him or her to live courageously and joyously in this world of today in which he lives? Paul offers us the key.
It all begins with the Christian’s surrendering his/her full rights and will to Jesus daily, and thus, being set apart as “one sent” (an apostle) as a bearer of the gospel of God to those to whom God sends him or her. Paul begins his letter to the Romans by identifying himself as a bond-servant of Christ Jesus. “Bond-servant” literally means “slave.” Paul saw himself as owned by Jesus; bought and paid for by His precious blood, with no rights of his own! Wow! To be totally surrendered to the life of Christ and to walk in obedience to His word in faith; fully trusting in God’s will and way-now that’s not only living-that’s Resurrection Activation! Will you invite the Holy Spirit to set (you) apart-to mark off your boundaries-for Christ and for Christ alone, this day?
In the Powerful Enabling of the Spirit of the Living Christ!