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Sent Through Jesus Christ

August 5, 2013

“Paul, an apostle–not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised him from the dead. And all the brothers who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:” (Galatians 1:1-2, ESV)

Paul starts this passage talking of being sent, not by man, but by God.  The word that the ESV translates “Through” is used in what I believe to be an instrumental sense.  Paul believed he was sent by God.  While God gives the increase, I believe what made Paul persevere in all his trials was his faith that he was instrumentally being used by God.

Do you feel like you are being used by God, or do you feel that your efforts are vanity?  There are hills and valleys in any service for God, but if you have never experienced a hill maybe you are pouring your time and energy into something that doesn’t have any eternal reward, maybe you are sent “through man” or “by man” as Paul states.  Then again maybe you have never experienced a valley and the reason is you aren’t close enough to the pit of hell to feel the heat.  Maybe you’ve never led someone to Jesus, or it’s been a while since you planted any seeds of the Gospel.  A prayerful and careful examination of your experience and comparing it with what Scripture says will help you determine the answer.  Try verses like 2 Timothy 3:12; or Philippians 1:3-5 to test your ministry experience.

You can be used by God, there are plenty of opportunities in your church and community, lift up your eyes, Jesus said the harvest is ready, it always has been and until He returns, it always will be!

-Pastor Dave

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