Fill In The Blank
Our local Sisters For Real Bible Study has just started the book of Romans. Which is pretty adventurous for us, since prior to now, we've only tackled books with 5 or less chapters. Romans, with its 16 chapters, seems long and daunting to study in depth. But we rolled up our sleeves, opened our various translations, and dug in.
We got stuck on the very first verse.
Romans 1:1 says, "Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God."
Paul is so sure, so confident of himself and his calling. He starts off this book with a one line description of who he is and what God has asked him to do.
It reminded me of the short descriptions that people give of themselves on Twitter feeds or Facebook accounts. Clever, witty, and often incredibly cool, one-line summaries of who you are can be really difficult to write.
(Full confession: I have wasted HOURS of my life trying to make myself sound interesting and appealing on my Social Media business profiles, in one line or less.)
But Paul, in one line, captures everything important. He describes who he is (a bondservant), what he is called to be (an apostle), and what he is set apart for (the gospel of God). Which got us all thinking... could we come up with a description so easily?
What if we took Paul's declaration, and created a fill in the blank sentence for our own lives? How would it look?
I, (blank), a (blank) of Christ Jesus, called as a (blank), set apart for (blank).
How would I fill in those blanks? Do I know? Do you?
I'm still trying to figure out how my one-sentence description would look. So far, I think it would go like this:
I, Cory, a lover of Christ Jesus, called as a proclaimer of His freedom, set apart to fight for those held captive to the lies of this world.
But I'm not entirely sure....
Knowing who we are in Christ, and knowing what He has called us to do changes our lives and how we live them. I want to live a life that is full of purpose and calling, and that is rich with meaning. I want to have a confident truth-filled sentence that I can use when the enemy of my soul tries to tear me down and make me feel meaningless. I want to be able to proudly (and humbly) exclaim who I am and what He has made me for.
I want to hear from my sisters: If you can fill in those blanks, please leave a comment and let me know.