Galatians 1:15b-17a – … [He] was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me…

God specifically called Paul to do something that made no sense. He called a man (Paul) who was well-known for persecuting the church to build it up. And, not just that, but to build it up by preaching the gospel to non-Jewish people (Gentiles). Not many people understood this strategy, and even fewer agreed with it at the time. What would his neighbors say? What would the church leaders think? Doesn’t Paul know that people will gossip about him, complain about his methods, and even physically abuse him for this ministry approach? Yes, he did know those things. As a matter of fact, Paul used to head up those campaigns when he was called Saul. But Paul understood something that we should learn from: God said to do it, so he did it. The Apostle did not seek the opinions of his friends or family, nor did he request the approval of those in power. Paul did what God said because God said to do it. What a novel idea! As followers of Christ, we are called to do the same. Everyday. Regardless of the pressures and opinions of those around us, we are called to follow God’s call. This is not to say we spurn all counsel or ignore advisors, not at all. Scripture tells us to seek them out (Pro. 11:14, 15:22, 27:9, etc.). The difference is that these counselors should not dissuade you from following God’s call. Second opinions and sounding boards are great, but they are just that. They are not intended to serve as a barometer of God’s truth. God’s plans and His individual callings will not always make logical sense to the world. Just ask Moses or Gideon. We follow Him because we trust Him. If we trust Him, we must follow Him.

David Miller, is the Associate Dean for the traditional program, assistance professor of Bible and theology, Director of the Honors Program.

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