The Apostle Paul tells us in his letter to the churches of Galatia about some of his past. He had persecuted the church and tried to destroy it. At that time, he was quite advanced in Judaism and believed he was doing the right thing. But then Paul met the person of Christ, alive and glorified. That meeting caused Paul to do a one-eighty. He received the Gospel, “not from man, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1:12) That experience laid waste to his dead drab religion. Paul had, in fact, been separated even from his mother’s womb and called through God’s grace “to reveal His Son in me.” (1:15, 16)
Paul had met the person of Christ, and therein, found the real purpose and plan for his life – introducing others to the Savior. After this, the Lord led him aside for three years to engage in an elongated “quiet time” to prepare the former enemy for ministry.
The Apostle Paul met much resistance moving forward. The Jews and the Gentiles consorted in bringing all manner of opposition and sufferings to him. (2 Corinthians 11:22-33) Also, Paul admits he was afraid and kind of intimidated sharing Christ. “I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.” (1 Corinthians 2:3) Some of those opposing him mocked his physical appearance and lack of eloquent speech. Despite all this, Paul pressed on. He declared, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain…” (1 Corinthians 15:10) It was not in vain because Paul truly understood his debt: His debt to God whom he loved and his debt to people whom God loved.
We are born with enmity to God. We attempt to make peace with Him or even war against Him through religion – dead drab religion. But when we meet the person of Christ, when He is shown to us by revelation; when we capture His vision, His purpose and His plan for our life, how can we not cast religion aside, and be compelled to introduce others to Him?
Whatever roadblocks we may come up against, whatever hardship may arise, we must cooperate with His preparation for us (His former enemy), and then press on. Are we weak, fearful, shaking like leaves in the wind, as was Paul? Paul said, “…my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:4-5)
Are we saying? – “So, as much as in me, I am ready!”
Have we welcomed the Lord’s call? – “To reveal His Son in me.”
Are we confident? – “His grace toward me [is] not in vain!”
Have we determined? – “I am a debtor to all.”