Galatians 1 vs. 15-16 (NKJV)
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, 16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood.
“But when it pleased God”
God takes pleasure in saving us from sins, sicknesses and satanic afflictions; “for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do his good pleasure”.
“who separated me from my mother’s womb”
This is reminding us that God is our creator. He formed us in our mother’s womb, fashioned us and then found a way out for us. This verse also lays a solid foundation about how God sees us, He sees us as distinct individuals. Even though we came to the world through a mother, we are different from our mothers. Our callings, destinies, visions and missions in life differs.
“and called me through His grace”
The call of salvation is a call of grace. The call to service also is the call of grace. No wonder Paul said, “by the grace of God, I am what I am”. Whatever we are in Christ today and whatever we can ever be is and will be through his grace.
“to reveal His Son in me”
The old testament is often referred to as Christ concealed while the new testament is referred to as Christ revealed. When we receive the call of Christ; an old testament (the old lifestyle) comes to an end in our lives, and a new life begins in Christ. He begins to show us Himself. He reveals to us His deity, power, death, resurrection, mercy, grace, and forgiveness.
“that I might preach Him among the Gentiles”
The purpose why God reveals Himself to us and in us is not for us to have a head knowledge and become an authority in theology, neither is it to make us professors in religious studies. He has revealed Himself that we may preach Him among the heathen, among those from whom the gospel has been hidden, and to the lost souls who daily die going straight into a Christ-less eternity.
“I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood”
Paul’s response to God’s call was immediate. He was not trying to rationalize how reputable such call will be. He was not trying to examine whether he will be accepted or rejected. He did not consider his stature nor his status but immediately took up the challenge. When God calls and instructs us on His word and in His will; we should not start by subjecting God’s word to a laboratory analysis neither do we need to carry out a ground-breaking research to do His revealed will. Once God has spoken, just do it.
By Ndubuisi Paul Okafor
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