Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. 2 I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain. 3 Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. 4 This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. 5 We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.
6 As for those who were held in high esteem—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism—they added nothing to my message. 7 On the contrary, they recognized that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised. 8 For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles. 9 James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised. 10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.
Jesus had to knock Saul (Paul) off his horse, blind him and speak to him in an audible voice to get his attention. Saul was too busy doing “Gods” business to hear what God actually wanted. He was too busy with his religious activities and his career advancement to listen. Once Jesus actually got his attention… Paul listened and immediately went to do the work that he was set aside for. He traveled for 17 years preaching the gospel in the Gentile lands before needing affirmation from people. The apostles recognized the grace given to Paul to preach the gospel and accepted him. They offered him fellowship and sent him on his way to continue his mission.
Today we tend to do these things the other way around. We look for the voice of man instead of God and seek fellowship (acceptance) from God. Here is the good news… God has already accepted you and given you His right hand of fellowship because of Jesus. We need people for fellowship but when it comes to hearing from God we will always hear “Gods” voice through their agenda. The freedom we have is wrapped up in the New Covenant that Jesus called us into. The New covenant works like this:“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people… “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me…
We know God so why would we choose to know about Him instead. It is time to access the fullness of our freedom in Christ. Have a good day.