The other day I was reading in Galatians and the very first passage caused me to do a triple-back. Here is what captured by attention:
This letter is from Paul, an apostle. I was not appointed by any groups of people or any human authority, but by Jesus Christ himself and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead. Gal 1:1 (NLT)
I’m always impressed by Paul’s ability to articulate his mission. Not only did he know what he was called to do but he understood to whom he was to do it. It’s possible to be doing the right thing but doing it in an area that is outside of our given assignment.
But what caused me to keep rereading this passage and meditating on it was that Paul did not have any doubts about who appointed him to do the assignment.
Have you have ever taken on an assignment you weren’t convinced was right for you simply because someone asked you?
I have more than once.
When people make appointments they have the power to dis-appoint when they see fit. And anyone knowing the old Paul certainly would not have deemed him fit to carry the good news. Yet Paul didn’t go about seeking human counsel or approval when he received the divine appointment.
Which leads me to ponder:
1. How can we have that same clarity about our own personal appointments?
2. Are we more inclined to consult with human authority/opinion than first seeking God’s direction and instruction for those personal assignments?
You see I have this bad tendency of wanting to see how someone else has done it. I don’t like being trail-blazer. It’s a rather uncomfortable place to trek out into the unknown.
Not to mention the doubt that some times creep in when I’m launching out into unknown waters.