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On more than one occasion, the Apostle Paul notes that he is the least of all God’s people (Ephesians 3:8). The man who wrote a lot of the New Testament. The man who started churches in many major cities throughout the Greco-Roman world. The man who trained up pastors and deacons. The man who, as tradition has it, was beheaded by the Roman Empire for his ongoing efforts to spread the gospel message. Why would Paul consider himself to be the least of all God’s people?
When we connect the dots of Paul’s life throughout the New Testament, we discover that he wasn’t always an advocate for the gospel. In fact, he murdered those who were strong missionaries for Christianity and did everything in his power to stop Christianity from spreading (1 Corinthians 15:9, Acts 7). God intervened in Paul’s life, and the mysteries of God’s grace were made known to him. Paul began to teach the gospel, train up others in ministry, and completely transformed how he lived. God had given him a new purpose, and instead of living out his own purpose, he aligned himself with God’s purpose.
READING & PRAYERS:
What is one way you may be out of alignment with God’s purpose for your life?
What steps will you take to align yourself with His will for your life instead of asking Him to align with yours?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, when I think of areas of my life which may be out of alignment with Your purpose, I am able to think of more than one. This sometimes leads me to experience shame and feelings of falling short. Today, help me to remember that while I can grow, You don’t desire for me to experience shame. Instead, Your desire is simply that I know You and experience Your presence moment by moment. May Your presence be known to me today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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