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Philippians 1:1(b): Servants of Christ Jesus

Philippians 1:1
[1] Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: (ESV)

Paul and Timothy. Apostle and his assistant. Pastors. Elders. Evangelists. These titles could appropriately apply to Paul and Timothy. Yet, what do they describe themselves as in this letter to the church at Philippi? Servants of Christ Jesus. It is heartening to realize that the Apostle Paul did not feel the need to pull rank on these believers. He and Timothy are servants.

How do you view yourself? If you were going to write a letter to a group of people what title would you claim? Do you like to be recognized as being an important leader in some field of industry? Maybe you are a CEO of a large corporation? Perhaps you are a custodian? Maybe just a simple "housewife?" A judge? Police Officer? No matter what you do you can be known as a servant.

Our flesh loves to get all kinds of accolades. We long to be noticed for how wonderful we are and for how much we have achieved. Often the ones who have a grand title are those who have worked very hard. That title means something because it was not easily attained. For the believer in Jesus Christ we realize that all of the work that God us to where we are in Christ Jesus was not done by us, but done FOR us.  Therefore, there are no grounds for boasting.

In this life you may achieve all kinds of things. The world might even attach titles to your name. Don't get hung up on titles. Rather, give yourself this title: servant. When you serve, you walk in the same steps as your master, Jesus. 

Matthew 20:28
[28] even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (ESV)