13 Nov 2017

Called, Gifted and Humble

by Clyde Thomas

Start by reading…

Galatians 1-2
Psalm 72
Proverbs 13

Galatians 1:1-5 (NKJV) says: “Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead), and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

This reading helps us understand much about ministry gifting and God’s call on our lives. Paul was anointed and appointed by God, as an apostle. This wasn’t a man-made role, but a specific calling from God. He was gifted to function in this way.

Paul was one member of a team. Notice that the letter is from him and his brethren. This isn’t a man who sits at the top of a pyramid, but rather a servant of all. He stands alongside a team, yet knows his distinct calling.

Paul was entirely given to, and working in, the power of the gospel. There is no ministry outside the gospel, and there is no power when we veer from it.

We should consider:

  1. The specific calling and gifting God has given us.
  2. The people God has positioned around us that are essential to fruitfulness for the Kingdom of God.
  3. Our understanding and dependence on the gospel.

These three keys keep us humble and dependant on Jesus. They help build a church rather than a business; a Kingdom rather than an empire. You and I are important in God’s plan, but there is only one superstar and His name is Jesus Christ.

Pause and reflect: Pray and reflect on the three truths we have considered. Ask God to show you what your calling is.

Clyde Thomas
Clyde Thomas

Clyde is a passionate follower of Jesus who serves as the lead pastor of Victory Church and the UK director for Hope Center Ministries. He is married to Rebekah and together they are sold out for the cause of Christ in their generation. He started Bible in a Year to help people grow in their devotional lives. Follow him on Twitter: @MrClydeT

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