Monday, April 16

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

In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he refers to himself first as a servant of Christ Jesus.

Jesus modeled for us the definition of servant leadership. First, He humbled Himself by leaving His position at the right hand of the Father and became a man. Second, Jesus led others by serving them. Third, Jesus was not interested in recognition, power, or prestige.

As followers of Jesus, we too can be a servant. Do you view yourself as a servant? Look for opportunities today to share the servant spirit of Jesus.


Tuesday, April 17

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons. Philippians 1:1

The writings of the day had the author’s name at the top. Here, Paul and Timothy are referred to as “servants of Christ Jesus”. What an honor this is. In the Greek culture, a servant was bound to the one he served. As Christians, we are bound to Jesus and have been released from the law.

Jesus wants a relationship with you today. He wants to be bound to you. If someone were watching, would they know you willingly and gladly serve Jesus Christ?


Wednesday, April 18

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20

Wow, that word ambassador is both encouraging and convicting. We, as believers, have been entrusted to be ambassadors for Christ! You are Christ’s special agent with a special mission to share God’s love.

Today let’s put on the symbolic badge that says, “Ambassador of Jesus.” It might just change the way we approach the day? Go and confidently represent your Savior!


Thursday, April 19

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Matthew 28:18

That last hug, the last kiss, the last word. We strive to make those moments memorable, important, long lasting. Today’s scripture includes some of the final words of Jesus on earth, and wow, did He make it all of the above! In the verses that follow, he shares our marching orders. His last words became our first instruction. But before sharing those marching orders he established His authority to share them.

Who has been an ambassador for Christ to you? What characteristics did they exhibit that made you think of Christ?


Friday, April 20

We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord. 2 Corinthians 8:1–3

The Macedonians gave both “according to” and “beyond” their means. They understood that giving has nothing to do with how much money you make. It is about a heart set free from the love of money and therefore, it is filled with abundant joy that giving is a blessing, not a burden.

Is your giving a reflection of your love for Jesus?