Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name, including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:1-7, NRSV)
Here Paul starts his letter to the Roman church and says that he was called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, to proclaim the good news of Jesus to the world! To make sure His grace and mercy are known throughout the world!
He is set apart, to be a part. He is called to belong, just as all of us are called to belong.
We are called, part of the priesthood of all believers, set apart for our part of God’s mission in the world. Set apart to be a part.
We are called to belong!