KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 15:25 ” It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,”
Apostle Paul in this verse was described as a chosen man and “our beloved”. Why did he receive all these beautiful qualifications?
Paul had distinguished himself by the way he went about the task given to him. In 1st Corinthians 15:10 he says “By the grace of God, I am what I am: and the grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with in me”. Paul says he set up his mind to do his best and through the grace of God, He laboured more abundantly. Acts 15:26 “Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”. They jeopardized their lives. Paul was a man who did not count his life as anything important or loved his life in respect to the call of God. Now listen to what he says in Galatians 6:17 “from henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of our Lord Jesus”. He says the marks or scars on the body of Jesus is the same that he bore on his body. His skin was not as smooth as most of us have. He had a multiplicity of scars all over his skin. This made him stand out. He was an example. He was an inspiration. He was an encouragement. He was a proof of how one could live absolutely for Christ and proof Christ’s faithfulness.
What example are you giving to your generation? Are you living for yourself or living for Christ? Apostle Paul admonished Pastor Timothy in 1st Timothy 4:12 as follows “Let no man despise thy youth, but be thou an example of the believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in Spirit, in faith, in purity”. Timothy was called to be an example to the flock so that no one would have the cause to disrespect him as a pastor. An indiscipline life will cause many to dishonour you. Walking in knowledge, sacrifice and discipline are some of the main virtues needed to make one an example. To be disciplined is to restrain yourself to live within the rules or the regulations.
You need to love the Lord Jesus above everything else, and even above your very life. (2nd Corinthians 5:14,15). Greatness in life is not acquiring riches or enjoying pleasure. Greatness before God and men is a life given to honour God and his word above all things. It is a life given over to do everything that would glorify God. Some may sacrifice just to win the favour of men. This is not the right way.
Do all things solely to the glory of God. This what made Paul to distinguished himself.
May the Lord stir up in all the children of God to be more dedicated and live to honour the name of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
Acts 20:24 ” But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”