We closed our last post talking about Paul’s calling. He did not seem to be the logical choice to send to the Gentiles but that is where God sent him.
From a natural perspective it seems that Paul’s training would have been better suited for ministry to the Jewish people. Peter seemed to be a much better choice for the Gentiles because of his background. God sent Peter to the Jewish people and Paul to the Gentiles. He knew the talents that had been placed in both men and where they would be best suited for ministry.
Paul was schooled in the Jewish religion. He knew Jewish Scripture as well as any of the religious leaders. With his revelation of grace, Paul seemed to be the best choice for ministry to Israel.
Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
God sent the greatest expositor on the grace of God to the heathen.
He sent a man who was unschooled and had little knowledge of Scripture to Israel.
God’s callings are different than ours. There are people who feel they are mediocre and have nothing to offer for God to use. They do not have a revelation of their position in Christ.
We serve a supernatural God. He will always call us to do something beyond our natural ability so that we will have to trust Him.
We will never accomplish the plan of God if our focus remains only on those things that we can do with our natural abilities.
“I really have a talent for this and have been able to make a career of it.”
If this statement reflects your life, you are probably not walking in the plan of God. Doing so will require us to always move beyond our natural talents and abilities.
God is calling us beyond our abilities. When Peter stepped out of the boat onto the water he had to depend on Jesus. To accomplish the plan of God will require us to step out of the boat and walk on water. This will require a total reliance on God.
If we are just doing what comes naturally to us we are probably not doing what God has called us to do.
But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.
Paul was called to the Gentile ministry in his mother’s womb. This was before he developed or honed his skills in the Jewish religion.
God has a plan for our lives that may or may not include what we perceive to be our natural weaknesses. Accomplishing this plan will require us to become totally dependent on Him.
There is a divine plan for our lives that may or may not be according to what we perceive to be our strengths and weaknesses. Miles Munroe was quoted as saying that we would need to go to a graveyard to find the most potential. His reasoning was that the majority die without ever reaching their full potential.
There are people who have been in a career for decades that may not be what God planned for them. A level of success has been achieved and changing course may seem to be extremely difficult.
It does not seem that the majority have found God’s plan for their lives. We go through life doing something that is good but that does not mean it is God’s plan.
There is only one chance for us to accomplish God will. Paul was separated from his mother’s womb. You were separated by God from your mother’s womb for a specific purpose. This life is the only chance any of us will have to fulfill His plan.
The plan of God will not be fulfilled accidentally. We will have to be willing to pay a price to discover it. This will involve a willingness to separate yourself to pursue God’s presence and Word. It is only in this place that the revelation of His plan will be revealed.
The pursuit of God’s plan will require us to swim upstream against the current of society. It is the place of greatest fulfillment but it is also the place of greatest tests and trials. Satan and his cohorts will do everything they can to move us off of the path and back into a place of complacency.
God’s plan and purpose will not happen by fate. It takes time and effort to pursue them.
This journey will require us to take charge of our lives. Far too many Christians are in the back seat allowing circumstances, religious tradition, and Satan to drive their lives. We can step into the drivers seat by paying the price to obtain revelation of God plan and purpose.
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