Hi, hi! 🙂
I read the verses below the other day and I just couldn’t get over the assurance and boldness with which Paul spoke…
But even if we, or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ
But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – Galatians 1:8-12
His conviction is just amazing. I mean, he was so certain of the message he preached that not even an angel from heaven could convince him that there was an alternative to the truth he had believed. This unshakable conviction was because he received the message through a revelation from God. Mentorship and discipleship play a critical role in the christian journey. Even so, we must all learn to hear God for ourselves. We should all be able to say “I know xxx, because God told me so.” Of course the revelation has to be biblical and in line with God’s character. I’m sure we’ve all heard one funny story or the other of people seeking to advance their selfish desires under the guise of “God told me so.”
I believe that Paul would have remained confident of the truth of the message he preached and lived out, even if no one had accepted it. He received a message from God and he ran with it. As he said, he did not seek to please men. In fact, he says it’s not possible to aim to please people and be a servant of God at the same time. I often second-guess things when they don’t go the way I anticipated. But I’m learning that our confidence shouldn’t be in the reaction to the gospel but in the One from Whom we received the gospel. When we don’t seek to validate our message by the response we get from others, we will not be “chameleon Christians” as my mom puts it – Christians whose version of the truth changes depending on who they are around. Instead, we will always be assured, bold and confident regardless of the circumstances.
I’d love to hear how you go about staying assured, bold and confident as a christian. Leave a comment, will you?
Have an amazing week. 🙂
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