Paper Tigers & Impressing God
A Write 31 Days Series
As we come to the end of our series, I want to go back to the very beginning of Galatians. (Yes, I know that is backward, but so much of studying the gospel is the opposite of the way the world works, so it fits.)
Paul lets the church at Galatia know where his authority for writing the letter, that is the book of Galatians, comes from. The English Standard Version phrases it like this, "not from men nor through man." The Message version takes a more poetic approach. It says that it doesn't come from popular vote or higher-up appointment.
Our media has been overly obsessed with popular votes and the appointments that the vote winner will have the authority to make. Neither of these man-made authorities is necessary to have God's authority.
Instead, Paul's authority comes directly through Jesus. The Message version says that he is God-commissioned.
Here's some good news. You are God-commissioned too.
You have been commissioned with His authority to go into all the world proclaiming His message.
This is The Great Commission, and it is a calling we are all commanded to fulfill as a Christian. In this commission, Jesus promises to be with us until the end of the age, basically FOREVER.
He is with us as we fulfill this mission. We are not alone. It is God's will that everyone should hear the gospel, and when we go, making disciples, we are joining the work God is already doing here on earth.
Here are some facts that might erase the fear you might have of being commissioned:
- You are not alone. The Spirit is with you.
- You cannot mess up the job of making a disciple if the Holy Spirit is the only one who can draw hearts to God.
- You cannot impress God by making a disciple because Jesus is the one who actually brought that sheep to Himself.
- You cannot disappoint God when someone rejects God. God knows everyone's heart already.
- You are obeying God's call making disciples.
- Your obedience pleases God.
- God loves you no matter what.
- Our relationship with God is only based on Christ, nothing else.
So go! Make disciples! Help others come to know Him. Help others know Him more. You are God-commissioned.
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