“But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone;”
We can always find reasons to hesitate. We can always point to someone who would do better than us, or find reasons why we’re not capable or qualified. Paul certainly could have balked at a ministry to the gentiles by pointing to his past. Everyone else was!
Instead, Paul clung to his convictions. He firmly believed that God had…
set him apart from before his birth,
called him by His grace,
and revealed His Son to him.
These three touchstones moved Paul to action. He didn’t need further convincing or endorsement.
What would it take to move you to action? What would it take to convince you – to put wind to your sails? We can’t wait for all the stars to align, but we can look at the constellation of our gifting, passion, and experiences and take the next best step in faith.
While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions:
- What are the excuses you’re clinging to, or the approval you’re waiting for that’s keeping you from moving forward?
- How has God blessed, equipped, or confirmed to you that might lead you toward a direction of action?
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?