Christian’s often mistake qualifications for calling. This was Paul’s training as well. But the road to Damascus open his eyes to the fact that all his training and work only earned him the wage of death in the sight of God. This led Paul to re-examining the notions of his pharisaical preconceptions. Upon persecution and push back, would Paul return to the way of the Pharisees? Would he rely on a statement of qualifications? No, instead, Paul leans into corroboration of calling. He visits others who are called, for confirmation of his ministry and he unashamedly uses that to help his ministry stand. This is a lesson for the institutionalized Christians of the west. When we are challenged, we can lean on scripture and the body of Christ. We should not be calling back to our “qualifications” as biblical scholars or theologians. Paul understood that the qualifier for calling in this kingdom of God is God’s unique measure of grace, in line with his will. This created a patchwork leadership for a patchwork church, wherein the beauty of the church lies, not simply in a uniform big picture, but in the sinews of the tapestry working together. Paul had transitioned from an exclusive pharisaical leadership to an inclusive grace based team of doctors, tax collectors, Pharisees, fishermen and more. When we are advancing the gospel message, do we rely on grace to carry it, or on our own accolades?
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts