I am continually amazed that God should use me! Paul says that God “was pleased to reveal His Son to me, in order that I might preach Him among the Gentiles” (Galatians 1:16). The word “pleased” could be also translated “well pleased.” Stop and think about that as it relates to you.
If anyone should doubt whether God could use them for reflecting His Son to a lost world and to a Church that needs renewal, it was Paul, AND ME! The greatest purposes of God are accomplished through the most unexpected means. I felt the weight of this truth in Lusaka, Zambia years ago through a most difficult experience, when the Lord spoke to me through Paul’s words, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us” (2 Corinthians 4:7). It is not the vessel that shapes the message, but the message shapes the vessel.
There will be more to say about this verse tomorrow, but this point is so important, I cannot pass over it too quickly. The relationship between understanding God’s pleasure in working through you and your submission to the Holy Spirit is directly connected. Please do not pass this moment by without realizing anew God’s eternal purpose for your life. When this reality sinks in, you cannot live any longer for yourself. “The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
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