In today’s text, the Apostle Paul makes the important point that you can either live to please God or you can live to please people. You can’t do both. Paul, in his explanation of why he was preaching the gospel, reveals many important facts…
“For am I now trying to win the favor of people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ. Now I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel preached by me is not based on a human point of view. For I did not receive it from a human source and I was not taught it, but it came by a revelation from Jesus Christ. For you have heard about my former way of life in Judaism: I persecuted God’s church to an extreme degree and tried to destroy it; and I advanced in Judaism beyond many contemporaries among my people, because I was extremely zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. But when God, who from my mother’s womb set me apart and called me by His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me, so that I could preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone.” Galatians 1:10-16, HCSB.
There are so many doctrinal truths in the text above. Let’s just look at one. Did you notice that God called Paul long before he knew it (from my mother’s womb set me apart and called me). Even when Paul was not walking with God, God had planned out his life and was setting up the circumstances of his life for effective future ministry in Christ. God is working in your life also. You have no idea what wonderful plans He has for your future.
Trust Him. Seek Him.
If you are His, you can be sure He has great plans for you!
“I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 1:6, HCSB.