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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle.’ Romans 1:1 NKJV

God reached into a part of Paul’s background that had been formed before he became a Christian, and He found some very useful things there. And they weren’t all spiritual things. They were also academic and cultural. Even though Paul seemed unqualified because of his monumental hatred for Christians, his background actually qualified him in a unique way. As a former Pharisee, he understood the Scriptures and the mindset of those who would oppose him. And his former spiritual blindness gave him compassion for the lost. God used both the good and the bad experiences in Paul’s life. And He can do the same for you too! Think about it: when God looked for a man to be an early leader in His church, to write down the theology of His church, to debate religious leaders who argued against His church, to advance the cause of Christ in academic and social arenas, to carry the message all the way from the lowest person on the street to the throne of Caesar, God found a man who already had the necessary qualifications – and that man was Paul. Here is how God works: first He seeks you out, then He prepares you, then He positions you, and then He empowers you to do what He knows you can do most effectively. And God’s call is the only thing that will make you completely happy, although you don’t always know that in advance. So, is God calling you? Is He preparing you? Is He positioning you? Is He empowering you? Your highest level of joy and fulfilment in life will come when you surrender to Him and say yes.

SoulFood: 1 Kings 16:1 – 18:15 Matt 14:13-21 Ps 121 Pro 12:23-24

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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