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Who Are You, Part 2

Yesterday, I suggested that many of us simply do not know who we are.  More to the point, many of us who follow Christ do not know who we are in Christ in our lives.  Paul gives us a glimpse in the salutations of his letters that he knew exactly who he was.  Yesterday, I explored that Paul was a bondservant of Christ, a willing slave to the Lord.  Today, I want to discuss his calling.

Paul says that he was called as an apostle.  In fact, if we looked deeper into his life, Paul would say that he was set apart before birth to be an apostle of the Gentiles.  I find that amazing that, in retrospect, Paul sees that God chose him before he was even born for the task that was before him.  What are we to glean from this?  God was uniquely interested in each of us before we were born.  I don’t think this was simply designated for a few guys like Jeremiah or Paul or anyone else that we think are spiritual superstars.

Dig into what Paul  says though.  He was called.  He had a calling.  Yes, it was dramatic.  He was knocked off his horse and blinded on the Damascus Road, but he was called nonetheless.  A lot of us probably think Paul jumped right into the apostleship game.  That’s not correct.  It was somewhere in the neighborhood of fourteen years before he ever began his missionary journeys.  He spent time away from Jerusalem.  He spent time in the local church.  He learned.  He proved himself.  Then the Holy Spirit and the church selected him and Barnabas to hit the road.

We need to realize that we have a calling.  We are uniquely gifted.  And it may take time to ultimately get to where and what God is calling us to.  We could even look at Mark.  He failed.  He failed Paul and Barnabas.  He was to them like Yoko Ono was to the Beatles.  Yet later he was fruitful to Paul’s ministry.  He wrote a Gospel.  It just took time to get to realize his calling.

Finally, he was called to a specific role.  He was called to be an apostle.  Not many were.  Others were called to do other things.  Yet Paul did not consider his calling to be higher than anyone else’s.  He was still a bondservant of Christ.  He simply wanted to fulfill the role that God gave him so that he could glorify Christ.

Who are you?

  1. December 4, 2012 at 5:29 am

    I hear this a lot Larry. “I was called to be a pastor (or fill in the blank).” Really? How do you know? Did you hear it? Did you have writing on the wall? Did you read it in words in the Bible? I struggle with that and wonder about myself. how do I know I was called to be a pastor? This is one subject I would love to sit and talk about and not just make a blog comment.

    • December 4, 2012 at 6:00 am

      Bill, what seems to be pattern in scripture is that the church recognized that someone was called. So I would say that it would be difficult for someone to be called without confirmation from others.

  2. December 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I’m the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. Or maybe that’s someone else.

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