“Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem…”
This chapter holds so much in it on the issue regarding the early church and how it saw Jews and Gentiles, circumcised and uncircumcised, and how Paul had such a massive impact on this debate, yet among all that, it’s the first verse which stood out to me. It took Paul 14 years between his revelation of Jesus and him stepping into the ministry he’s so well known for. This astounds me because it shows that God requires a process of preparing and strengthening of one’s own relationship with God and understanding of the life God has called them too before setting them out in ministry.
This stood out to me so much because it’s a reminder that ministry and mission and any work for God isn’t about the individual who steps out and does amazing things, but about God being evident through the amazing things, and being humble enough to step out of the limelight takes serious time just hanging out with God. Applying this just simply looks like reminding myself of the importance of just loving time in solitude with my father in heaven, being saturated in his love.
Dear Lord, I thank you for the incredible impact Paul had on the church and what we can learn from his life, but I thank you that it was because he knew you and spent time with you. Teach me how to more wisely use my time to be in your presence, and I pray that in your time, use my life to glorify your name.