As someone who has recently relocated, I have been meeting a lot of new people lately. As an introvert, this exhausting, but as a lover of people it is exciting. I mean, you never know who is going to be your new best bud. Also, you get to learn so many fascinating things about people.
How do you introduce yourself to others?
Hi, I’m Darlene. My husband is a new PT at the hospital. I stay-at-home and home school my kids.
Hi, I’m Karen. I work at the hospital. I’m so-and-so’s daughter.
We state our name and then give a tiny bit of information. But what is worth going in that tiny bio?
Let’s read some introductions from a few Biblical personalities.
“Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James.” Jude 1:1
“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.” James 1:1
“Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:1
Here we have two of the four men who shared a physical mother with Jesus, his half-brothers Jude and James. Also, there is Peter who lists both his birth given name and his Jesus-given name. All three intros have one thing in common and that is what caught my attention. Servants of Jesus Christ. Wow.
Would we say that? I might say, believer in Jesus, or perhaps redeemed of God. Sadly, I do not often think of myself as one whose main purpose in life is to serve Jesus.
Hold onto your hats for Paul’s intro; the man cannot contain himself.
“Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, 4 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, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake, 6 among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ.” Romans 1:1-6
The joy and fervor of love for Jesus is so flowing out of this man, he can barely give his name without also sharing the Gospel! These great men of faith identified themselves not only by their relationship to Jesus, but their service to Him. They did not serve from bored duty, or type A performance driven, people pleasing. Gratitude, love and the power of the kingdom of God burst from them like living waters which answer only the call of their Maker. That kind of passion isn’t only for Christian saints or preachers or missionaries. Abundant life is available to anyone through Jesus Christ.
James says it best, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”
Hi, I’m Darlene, the bond-servant of Jesus Christ.