"God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in him in the midst of loss, not prosperity." --John Piper

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Are we sold out?

Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

I contend that Paul was a most interesting choice by God to continue the spread of the Gospel after the book of Acts. He was a militant Jew, and here he is taking the Gospel to the Gentiles. Wouldn't he have been a better choice to take the Gospel to the Jews? Perhaps if you or I were writing this, but not for God. But then again, I don't think we would have chosen the harp playing, tiny shepherd boy David as King of Isreal over his brothers.

The Gospel is not always a popular message. Oh, sure, we like the idea of salvation. But becoming a living sacrifice? Counting everything else as dung compared to knowing Christ? (I like my home and car.) Being content in ALL circumstance? (I prefer to whine now and then.)

Paul was not a people pleaser, he was a Gospel preacher. Paul did not get the Gospel from someone else, he received it directly from Christ himself (Gal. 1:11). And I think for that, Paul was eternally grateful.

The change in Paul's life was evident. Going from persecuting the church to embracing it. Going from being a zealous Jew to preaching to the gentiles. I can imagine what his old friends must have been saying about him, when they weren't trying to kill him. So maybe Paul was the best man for the job. Who better to proclaim the message of salvation than someone who had nothing to gain from it and nothing to lose.

Are we sold out like Paul was? And by we, I mean the church and the individual. Is our message one that is so appealing that everyone would want some? Because if it is, then I question if it is really the Gospel. If we are sold out, it must be to Christ, and not to works or just the idea of salvation.


Kansas Bob said...

Paul has always impressed me. He didn't seem to go the way of professional ministry. He made tents and seemed to not want to owe anyone. He seemed to have deep relationships and discipled many. He wasn't a preacher who came to preach "revival" for a week and then leave. He stayed with people for long periods of time. And they wept when he left. Maybe that kind of love and passion is why God chose Paul?

Spherical said...

Paul is quite incredible. So different from what we are used to today. Humble and yet bold at the same time.