How To Be Changed Like Paul (part 3)

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, (Romans 1:1​ ESV)

(This devotion is part three in the series: “How to Be Changed Like Paul.” Check out part two if you missed it.)

The Greek word for “set apart” is aphorizo. And while set apart is an apt translation, it falls a little short at expressing the radical nature of Paul’s meaning here.

The word literally means “to mark off from others by boundaries, to limit, to separate” (source).

So Paul isn’t simply saying that he was ear marked for ministry—he was irrevocably transported to a new reality.

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How To Be Changed Like Paul (part 2)

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, (Romans 1:1​ ESV)

(This devotion is part two in the series: “How to Be Changed Like Paul.” Check out part one if you missed it.)

The secret of Paul’s greatness is that he was first a “servant” and second an “apostle.”

The Greek word for “servant” can also be translated as “bondslave.” Here’s the deal, Paul didn’t think about himself first as an authority figure or leader—he viewed himself as someone totally under the orders of his Master.

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How To Be Changed Like Paul (part 1)

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, (Romans 1:1​ ESV)

I’ve spent a lot of time praying for God to use me like he used the Apostle Paul.

I’d go as far as saying the only person with a greater impact on the Church than Paul is Jesus himself.

^ This is obviously debatable!

But the point stands: Paul changed the face of history through his personal legacy and the thirteen New Testament letters he wrote. However, I think I’ve always skimmed over something very important about this man’s life.

Read moreHow To Be Changed Like Paul (part 1)