But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being.
Written by: Ian Rock
Paul, the writer of Galatians and much of the New Testament, didn’t exactly have the background you might expect for someone who God would use to assist in writing the Bible. His past was dark. Aside from the typical ways we all miss the mark on God’s best for us, Paul actively taught and fought against the Gospel. He sought to persecute the early followers of Jesus, even to the point of harming them physically.
When Paul had his powerful encounter with God, it was a beautiful moment of redemption. Regardless of his past, God still invited Paul to say Yes. On top of that, Paul’s gifts, passions, and abilities were given a new and powerful purpose.
It would be easy to look at Paul’s past and assume he would be disqualified from God’s love and ministry. The Gospel is bigger than that. No matter what Paul had done, who he had hurt, or what he had thought about God, God’s love was bigger.
The same is true for all of us. Whether it’s “big” things in our past or daily inconsistencies, God doesn’t give up on loving us. One of the most powerful ways God works through us is in the redemption of our past. Things that once brought shame are now pointed to as ways we have experienced freedom. Hurts, whether by us or to us, are now opportunities to experience and tell of God’s great forgiveness.
As long as we have breath in our lungs, God isn’t done working in and through us. Celebrate that by speaking life into those around you today.
Thought of the day: What are some areas in your life you’d like to see God bring new purpose to? Are there any areas from your past you still hold onto? Do you feel like they separate you from Him?
Prayer: God, I’m so grateful for all You’ve done in my life. Thank You for loving me and giving me new purpose. As Sun Valley prepares for the next five-plus years, I know our impact will reach farther than the East Valley. I ask that you continue to give us great opportunity around the globe to serve those who are in need. Thank You that we will have the chance to clothe, feed, serve, teach and build homes for thousands around the globe. I also ask that you begin prompting the hearts of those who will be the ones on those serving teams. Thank You for allowing us to be a part of Your kingdom’s work around the world.