Today’s Scripture Reading: Acts 20:13-21:36
“He’s sort of cocky.”
Do you know someone who fits that description?
What if I told you that person could change the world for Christ?
The Apostle Paul sounds a little cocky, a little self-absorbed at times in his letters to the Corinthians.
Why did the Holy Spirit want us to see that side of Paul?
After all, if it’s in the Bible, there’s a lesson to be learned.
Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned from the Apostle Paul:
- God can use us in spite of and because of our personality
- God can used us in spite of and because of our past
- We have a choice, just like Paul, we can focus on our mistakes or we can focus on the job God has for us to do
Paul focused on one thing:
I have had one message for Jews and Greeks alike—the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord –Jesus. Acts 20:21
Does the enemy of your soul ever say to you, “You aren’t worthy to be used because of your past?” Maybe he says you’re not worthy because of your present.
Paul dealt with those thoughts as well; he considered himself the worst of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). I’m sure the fact that he actively persecuted the early church and watched as Stephen was stoned to death, because of his faith in Christ, crossed his mind when he penned those words.
He stayed focused on the message he was called to give and God used him to turn the world upside down for Jesus Christ.
There are things about my personality that I wish were different, there are mistakes I’ve made that I’m not proud of, but God has a job for me to do while on this earth; He has a message for me to bring.
The question is…
Will I focus on the message or myself?
What about you; what’s your life’s focus?
What’s your message for the world?
Heavenly Father, fill me so full of Your Spirit. I want to be able to focus on Your plans, not my weaknesses. I want Your thoughts.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Acts 21:37-23:35