We see Paul break his life into two segments…
- When Paul ran his own life.
- When God ran Paul’s life.
The Galatians can trust the Gospel Paul is sharing because it isn’t of his own. Left to his own, he…
- Persecuted the church of God violently.
- Tried to destroy the church.
- Advancing in Judaism beyond his peers.
- Extremely zealous for the traditions of his fathers.
He would never have come up with the concept of the grace of God on his own. This was a radical departure from what he was taught and what he defended to other people’s death.
Now he knows that he was chosen by God before birth and called by God to preach among the Gentiles (read: non-religious).
- Our life pre-Jesus is a life where we are jacking up ourselves and others.
- Our life post-Jesus is a life where we know our purpose and give life to others.
Now purpose discovery is a journey. Paul found his when Jesus knocked him off his donkey…onto his donkey! Jesus told him immediately that he’d preach to the Gentiles.
But others, this is a slow discovery and process. Man, I feel that way for myself. Everytime I get to a place of comfort, I have the purpose-less feeling creep back in.
To put this more in a marketplace setting…some are Mark Zuckerberg…some are Colonal Sanders.
Zuckerberg founded Facebook in his 20’s. Sanders founded KFC in his 70’s.
For those who feel, like me, as though the sweet spot of calling and purpose keeps eluding you…keep pursuing Jesus. Don’t pursue the calling. Pursue the One who will bring you into the sweet spot of calling. It is him that gives us the ability to captivate an audience (whatever “audience” means for you. 1 or 100 or 10,000) anyway.
And continue to do what you can, where you can, with what you can to bring life to people.
For those who know your purpose and calling right now…leverage all of it to bring life to people. But always, always, always remember that Jesus is the One who supplies the grace and power to live in your calling.
What can you do today to live in your calling?
Losing My Religion is a sermon series about being free from religious superiority. Read along with us in Galatians and Matthew 23 with our Reading Plan. Today’s reading is from Galatians 1:11-17.