Put away the past
But they were hearing only, “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.” Galatians 1:23
Have you ever had thoughts that you were not qualified to be in ministry? Maybe that you don’t have the training or the perfect attitude? Maybe you feel unqualifies because of something you have done in the past? In today scripture we see the Apostle Paul struggling with this very thing. He goes through a long list of activity that happened after his conversion on the Damascus Road. He gives his testimony here of how he was on the path of being trained for the priesthood. He was excelling in his training above most of those he was training with. Because of the drive in him to excel, he began to persecute the new believers in Christ Jesus. Then he talks about how God separated him from that, but after God called him, he didn’t go directly into ministry. He spent time growing in his faith and renewing his mind in walking by the directions of the Holy Spirit. Certainly, he knew God’s ways. He had spent his entire life being trained in the scriptures and the laws of the priesthood. However, it wasn’t until he met God personally that he realized God had more for him.
All through Paul’s writings, we can see that he did not dwell in the fact that he was on a serious track against God’s plan. He didn’t let his past stop him from completing the assignment God had on his life. He did take some time to grow, but then he got on track and ran his race fervently and zealously. By the time he started his ministry, his testimony was “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy” (Gal.1:23)
Today I want to encourage you to not let your past stop you from accomplishing all God has for you here in this world. Let Him use the things in your past to reach others. Whatever it is, good or bad, God can use it. Paul had good in that he was studying the scripture, but he also had the bad in that he persecuted the church. God used both. He will do the same for you. Your part is to surrender it all to Him and say. Father God, here is my life, good and bad. Take it and make something out of it that will glorify You for all eternity. He will lead you to the perfect path of life where you will live fully satisfied and complete.
Today’s scripture reading: Galatians 1:11-24