IN GOD’S TIMING
Saturday, October 07, 2017
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“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God…” Colossians 1:1

In Paul’s letter to the churches in Ephesus and Colosse, he introduces himself as “an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God”. What caused him to title himself in this way and how objective is this statement?

Paul, formerly known as Saul, vehemently denied the resurrection of Jesus. Wanting to totally annihilate the Christian movement, he was the greatest antagonist of the Christian church, breathing out murderous threats against Christians, and rounding them up for persecution. He would have been the last person to image himself as an apostle of Christ, but on his way to Damascus he saw for himself that Jesus was alive. The Lord spoke directly to him and left him in darkness to ponder the turn his life was about to take. Blinded by a light from heaven, Paul was led to Damascus by his entourage. There, the Lord spoke to Ananias, telling him to go to the house of Judas in Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. Aware of Saul’s reputation, Ananias was reluctant, but the Lord said, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel” (Acts 9:15).

Paul’s life had taken a sudden 180 degree turn that can only be explained by the will of God taking place in his life. However, it was not until 12 to 14 years later that he embarked on his first missionary journey. Despite a God-given vision, Paul wisely waited for God’s calling for him to be recognized and affirmed by the leaders in the church at Antioch. While worshiping and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them” (Acts 13:2).

When God wants to accomplish a particular work through us, it is always wise to receive affirmation from godly men and women before seriously pursuing it. Every Christian is meant to work within a community of believers, and to operate in total dependence on the Holy Spirit. In His own time, God will place in the hearts of other Christians His calling for us, so that we have affirmation and can move forward with confidence.

It may take painstakingly long for others to recognize what we believe is God’s will for us, but God is never in a hurry. He may be preparing the right place, the right environment, the right people and taking time to train and mould our characters for what He has called us to do. God is the orchestrator and His personal will for us will be confirmed by others, and come to fruition in His timing.

PRAYER: Lord, in every task You call me to, help me to wait upon Your timing and enable me to move forward with the affirmation of others. Thank You, Lord.


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