Paul a Godly role model for us to follow 

( Below is part of what I wrote in a newsletter I sent out last week. I hope it will bless you. )

 Today in our world we have too few Godly role models. I think a good example of someone we should look up is the Paul the Apostle. To find out about this Godly man let’s look at Romans chapter 1.

1 Paul, a servant[a] of Christ Jesus, called to be 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 descended from David[b] according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,
7 To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Longing to Go to Rome

8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you 10 always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— 12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers,[c] that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians,[d] both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith,[e] as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”[f]

What do we see about Paul that we should embrace in our own lives.

First off he was a servant of Christ. He put Jesus first. He was submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

     Second he was called. We are first called to God. That is to embrace Jesus as Savior and Lord. Then after we become followers of Christ. Some are called to be Pastors, missionaries, teachers, reporters. Still others are called to be wives, and mothers. God has given each of us gifts that he wants to use to bring glory to a Kingdom not of this world.

       Paul believed in praying for others, verse 9. The church today has forgotten about the power of prayer. We have the attitude when things are going bad all we can do is pray. All we can do is pray. Prayer is the most powerful we can do. God moves when his people pray. Think about it God raised his son from the dead so he can do anything that is according to his will. 

Last of all but not least Paul was not ashamed of the good news. 

He truly wanted all souls to embrace the Lord Jesus.
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