The reason for your life part 2
We continue to examine how Paul’s purpose (the gospel of grace) shaped his life.
6. Purpose brings confidence, v6-10.
v6, The “seemed to be important” is v2 “those who seemed to be leaders” is v9 “James, Peter and John, those reputed to be pillars”.
Who were they?
James (not the apostle) – brother of Jesus, leader of the council of Jerusalem (Acts 15), leader of the elders in Jerusalem Church.
Peter – leading apostle, fantastic Jewish ministry.
John – disciple whom Jesus loved, son of Zebedee, brother of James, one of the Twelve. Later wrote Gospel, 3 letters and Revelation.
Paul lived with purpose and in so doing he was not intimidated by: reputation (v6) or appearance (v6).
What Paul was saying was that he was equal in ministry, God was at work in Paul just as much as them.
Leaders can get things wrong just like any other human being and if you spot this, it doesn’t mean you are a Jezebel or that you are touching the anointing, you are as anointed as anyone, v11-14.
Just because man puts man on a pedestal and because man likes being up there is not the sign they are above you.
Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.
In his inaugural speech, Nelson Mandela in 1994 said this:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us…
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others.
Without being rude and above reproach we do need to break free from the intimidation of the reputation and appearance of man and let others copy the beauty of living with purpose.