Monday, December 16, 2013

Strength in Weakness

Gal 1:15-17 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and called me through His grace, 16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood,
After Paul was converted on the road to Damascus, he waited for the Lord to send a servant named Ananias to pray for his eyes to be opened, and be baptized with the Holy Spirit. During that time of waiting the Lord revealed to Paul that he had a specific calling for his life. Paul was to be sent as an apostle to the Gentiles. 
It is important to understand for a former Pharisee like Paul, to be called to preach the gospel to Gentiles was unthinkable. I imagine that Paul felt he would be the perfect candidate to minister to the Jews. With his background, his upbringing, his former occupation, it seemed perfect. Yet God had different plans for Paul. God wanted to use him in a different way, to a different group of people. 

There are times when we might assume we have the experience, the know how, and the gifting to be completely affective in a particular area.  And it seems obvious that God could use all of our strengths to minister in that situation, or to those kinds of people. However the Lord may choose to use your weaknesses instead. He may place you among a people that you could never see yourself ministering to. Do you know the reason why He does this? I believe its because when the work is accomplished, He will receive all the glory. If the Lord calls you in a direction you would not necessarily choose for yourself, it very well could be the start of something that will bring Him the most glory. Its exciting to see what the Lord can do if we will simply yield to Him.