from Lynda Lindsey
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10
But when He who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son to me, in order that I might preach Him among the Gentiles…Galatians 1:15-16(a)
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, Romans 1:1
Paul, once a vicious persecutor of the Church, was called and set apart by God’s grace to be an apostle and preacher. All believers in Christ are called and set apart to fulfill God’s purpose and plan; we live to please God, not man, for our sovereign king is the Lord Jesus and our loyalty belongs to Him. We won’t necessarily change jobs, even though Paul did. Believers aren’t given the same gifts, skills, or called to the same work, but all believers begin the character transforming process of becoming more like Jesus. How is this possible? Because it pleases God to reveal His Son to us!
Imagine the pleasure of a mother introducing her newborn to her own parents, the baby’s grandparents. The mother can hardly wait; but finally the moment arrives. Amid great rejoicing, the mother places the tiny, swaddled infant into eager arms and pulls the blanket back to reveal the most beautiful, most perfect child! It pleases God that much, and infinitely more, to reveal His Son Jesus to us, to introduce us to the Savior! God has called us out of the world, out of darkness to light, and set us apart unto Himself, just because it makes Him happy!
May we allow God the freedom to do His pleasure in our life, to reveal His Son to us. God calls us to holiness by His grace, and we grow in grace by the Spirit’s work in us. May we walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which God has called us, in humility and gentleness, patiently and lovingly bearing with one another, helping and upholding one another. As the Christmas hymn, Hark the Herald Angels Sing declares, “Pleased, as man, with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel!” Want true joy and satisfaction? Invite Jesus to dwell within. Learn to live as God’s called out and set apart one, according to God’s design and purpose. Both you, and God, will rejoice!