With A Big Calling Comes A Big Duty
Posted: Monday, September 14
Verse of the day:
Paul, an apostle, not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead, and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia. (Galatians 1:1)
Paul begins his letter to the saints at Galatia by stating that his call to apostleship came NOT from man but rather he was called by Jesus Christ and God the Father. Here in his own words he describes what happened after his Damascus Road conversion:
“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord's brother (Galatians 1:15-19).
Instead of sitting at the feet of the early church leaders Paul was taught by direct revelation. “But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ” (Galatians 1:11-12).
What an awesome calling! Called to preach the gospel to the Gentiles, to those who are not of Jewish parentage. And directly taught by divine revelation. With that calling and that education received directly from God, came great responsibilityAnd Paul carried that weight with integrity and enthusiasm for the rest of his life.