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Devotional - week of January 24, 2016


EQUIPPED FOR DIFFICULT MINISTRY

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles… Galatians 1:15

Soon after Paul’s conversion to Christ he began teaching the Jews in Damascus about Jesus.

Immediately he preached Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God… But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.  Acts 9:20,22

In his testimony recorded in Acts 26, however, Paul reveals that Jesus told him he was to go to the Gentiles to bring them to salvation—a task far more difficult than going to the Jews.

In verse 1:15 of Paul’s extensive testimony recorded in Galatians 1:10-3:1 Paul expresses that God’s preparation for this exceedingly difficult task was a divine revelation that Christ was “in him.”

Near the end of the lengthy testimony Paul shares a broader expression of the revelation. In Galatians 2:20 he writes:

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me …

It was Paul’s crucifixion with Christ that made it possible for the indwelling Christ to live in and through him. The Christ within was the One successfully taking the message to the Gentiles “through” the Apostle Paul.

In Romans 6:3 Paul shows that all believers have been crucified with Christ. In Romans 6:11-13 he tells how each one can experience his crucifixion—enabling the indwelling Christ to live through him.

All believers are called to ministries too difficult for mere human wisdom and power. Our need is the ministry of the indwelling Christ through believers.

If we are not experiencing our crucifixion, let us keep our hearts open to the Lord until divine revelation makes it reality.