Daily Reform, Day 85
Galatians 2:7-8 & 2 Timothy 4:1-5
From the Reformer
To conclude, Paul is not going to be inferior to the rest of the apostles. Some secular writers put Paul’s boasting down as carnal pride. But Paul had no personal interest in his boasting. It was with him a matter of faith and doctrine. The controversy was not about the glory of Paul, but the glory of God, the Word of God, the true worship of God, true religion, and the righteousness of faith.
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
A friend of mine moved to another state and began attending a small church that he sensed could use his help. My friend is an ordained minister of the Gospel and gifted by God to preach and teach. And counsel and befriend visitors and do building repairs. In short, he’s kind of a ministry handyman. Almost needless to say, the pastor of the church was threatened when my friend got involved. He immediately shut him down.
Another man moved to a different state and got involved at a church where he started working with the almost defunct children’s program. Soon the program was flourishing — and the children were then quietly given to the charge of someone from an old church family. He went to another church and worked with a faltering youth group that no one wanted to lead and the Lord blessed, the group going from 4 to 32 in the first year. At the end of the year, he was again quietly removed from leadership so that a long-time member of the church could take over the now successful program.
Some might say these are times to admit that God is saying he does not want one in ministry. Others might realize that God strengthens a person’s call through times like these. Who will win out, the call of God or the complaint of man? If God has called you, let nothing stand in the way of your ministering the Gospel. You may have to move around a bit, as Paul and Jesus and a host of others have had to do, but you will find the place where you may keep doing that which brings glory to God. Keep the cross ever before you.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers