Galatians 1:13-24

13 For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. 14 I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers.15 But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being. 17 I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus.

18 Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas (Peter) and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord’s brother. 20 I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie.

21 Then I went to Syria and Cilicia. 22 I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ.23 They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they praised God because of me.

My Thoughts

As Paul continues to build his credentials as a sent one (Apostle) of Christ he mentions this… He says that God set him apart and by his grace revealed His son Jesus who sent him on his mission.  He then says that he did not consult any person but simply went to do the work he was sent to do.

This simple act of faith reveals something about the way most of us live today.  When last did we simply rely on God to send us… call us… lead us.  We tend to be dependent on the teachings and advice of those around us.  The problem with this is that the people around us have there own agenda, they are fallible and often unreliable. Which is how the Galatian churches got into their current position.

My challenge to us(me) is this: when last did God tell you something? what did you do with that? The basis of our faith is that we have had our relationship restored so lets relate… speak, listen and trust the Father.


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