“This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus..”
~ Colossians 1:1
I have been coming to see not only the importance of teaching and honoring the five fold graces of God in the present day church but as well the importance of humility and heeding that needs to come along with the teaching and holding of such high offices.
Something that needs to be known and taught clearly to The Beloved is that to go high in heaven with God often means to go very low here on earth with people.
As The Apostle Paul wrote The Church while he was imprisoned in Rome in 62 A.D.
“As a prisoner in the Lord, then, I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling you have received with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, and with diligence to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.…” ~ Ephesians 4:1-3
In this humbling case and many others that seemed to frequent Pauls life (Rejection, beatings, shipwreck, lack, etc…) we can clearly see in the scriptures that this High Call to be an Apostle of Christ was not met with much moral support from his own religious community and his ministry to the surrounding gentile and pagan regions througout Asia Minor was not met with the the posistion of a throne or any man made pedestal.
The High calling of God on a five fold graced minister isn’t always met with acceptance, financial partners and strong community backing… On the contrary… Often the high calling of God on our life can be met with quite the opposite and understandably so… When you consider the grace of an Apostle to be that of a Father in our faith who establishes The Church of Christ, who corrects wayward kids and who takes on the not always comfrotable task of confronting false prophets and teachers who are always trying to infiltrate The Church.
When you consider the role of a True Apostle to bring light and a heavenly colonization of a region that was once bound in Satan’s grip, corruption and darkness.
When you see the office of an Apostle to be that of one who has been risen up and sent out by God to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth.
This sort of high call of God on ones life couldn’t come without some serious buffeting, preperation and battle.
Certainly, I would propose that to the degree of impact that one of these anointed ones would effectually have in bringing The Gospel of Christ to a region would be very proportionate to the preparing they have endured.
In other words, to those called by God, be encouraged because he has an amazing way of taking all of our suffering, trials and hardships and using it to prepare us for all that he has prepared for us.
Paul had earlier written to The Lord’s Beloved in Rome…
“And we know that all things are working together for the good of those who love God, and who are called according to His purpose…” ~ Romans 8:28
He also wrote in that same letter;
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
~ Romans 8:35-39
Considering what The Apostle Paul and all of The Apostles and believers of the 1st century Church had to endure to get us to this place of freedom that we all have in Christ today is almost unimaginable to those of us who have grown up in a place where our right to Worship Jesus is protected by our Nations Constitution.
To be able to assemble together and teach and learn the bible and to have the freedom we have as Christians to implement the teachings of Christ and to influence our communities and world with this message of God’s Love for humanity did not come without a cost.
Just as countless soldiers over time have faught to protect the freedoms and rights of our own nation, let us not forget the lives of all The Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers who for thousands of years now have been giving their lives to keep bringing us this message of Christ’s Kingdom here on Earth as it is in Heaven.
And let’s not forget as well that in The Kingdom of God, all of your suffering, hardships and trials that man may try to use to disqualify you for greatness in this world may be the very things that God empowers you to overcome and uses to qualify you for His High Service in The Kingdom.
Remember that what you have been through equips you to get others through…
Worlds Crumbling, Kingdom Rising.
In His Love, Pastor Scott