TODAY’S MEDITATION – God’s greatness starts in the secret place (Galatians 1:16-19)

The Holy Spirit dwells in us. It’s a true fact. Can we understand that serving Jesus in our ministry is not to be taken lightly or in a rush? Today, apostle Paul tell us a few things about how he started his ministry. My brother, my sister, after his conversion, Paul spent many years preparing for the ministry to which God had called him. This preparation period included time alone with God (Galatians 1:16-19). Also, he spent time conferring with other Christians.

Why is it that today’ new Christians, in their zeal, want to begin full-time ministry without investing the necessary time studying the Bible and learning from qualified teachers. My friends, we need not wait to share Christ with our friends and family members, but we may need more preparation, with great humility, before embarking on a special ministry, whether volunteer or paid. Yes, while we wait for God’s timing, we should continue to study, learn and grow… Paul’s open and public ministry actually started about fourteen years after his meeting with Jesus, once again, after receiving the go-ahead of God: “then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain.” (Galatians 2:1)…

My friends, God started with Moses in the mountains, when he taught Him privately and prepared him while looking after the sheep; He started with David in the bush; He started with Jesus, the King of all kings, in a manger and on the cross… Yes, the almighty starts with great servants in the secret, quietly… before establishing them. Greatness before God is not measured in terms of someone’s popularity or TV appearance. It is measured by how humble you apply and do what God expects you to do for His glory. That’s the reason why the only prophet who did not do any miracle was called the greatest prophet of all by Jesus Himself. And where was John the Baptist’s ministry exercised? In the wilderness! Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.