Daily Topic for August 01, 2013
Here Paul introduces himself to his readers in Rome as a slave (doulos) of his Master, Jesus. He has heard and heeded his Master’s call to set himself apart for God’s good news as announced in the Old Testament (v. 2).
Paul had been en route to Damascus to arrest the followers of Jesus when Jesus “arrested” him and commissioned him to evangelize Gentiles, non-Jewish peoples. That “arrest” set Paul apart from the Sanhedrin, the Jewish council which had commissioned him with the bad news, the arrest of Jesus’ followers. But now, as a slave of the Master, Paul was set apart to do Christ’s will.
It felt like a gust of wind had entered the room. But E. Stanley Jones and three other Asbury College students continued their prayer meeting in 1905. Though they had been praying for a while, it felt like the Holy Spirit had really arrived around 10 pm. Students confessed their sins and made deeper commitments to the Lord who sent His Spirit that night. More students came to the room to bask in this emerging revival.
One student who was affected was Eli Stanley Jones, born in Baltimore in 1884. The Holy Spirit liberated him from a sense of superiority that night, which helped prepare him for the mission field. Jones graduated from Asbury College in 1906, and joined their staff for a year before God called him to India as a missionary. There he married a fellow missionary, Mabel Lossing in 1911.
Though he began his ministry with the despised lower castes of India, God gave Jones a ministry of reconciliation that often involved some of the most powerful men of his day. He worked with American President Franklin Roosevelt’s efforts to avoid war with Japan before WWII. His friendship with Mahatma Gandhi and other key Indian leaders right after they achieved their independence helped establish religious freedom as one of the pillars of India’s constitution.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God will direct today’s seminary students to know exactly what His will is for their lives.