Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
1 Corinthians 1:1 (NLT)
This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Sosthenes.
Have you ever had days when you wondered, “who’s idea was this anyway?” Maybe you even thought to yourself “is this really worth the effort?” I am certain that Paul had days like that in his life. He was stoned, whipped, left for dead, abused, imprisoned, ship wrecked, and had assassination plots made against him. There’s little doubt in my mind that he sometimes thought, “what am I doing this for?” However, Paul had one driving force in his life, and that driving force was the call of God on his life. As my friend Dr. Stanley Horton said, “He was called and sent out by Jesus just as the other apostles were. His authority was confirmed further as being ‘by the will of God.’ It was not his own idea, nor did he desire to become an apostle when he was stopped on the Damascus road (Acts 9:1-30). Like the other apostles, he was chosen by Jesus” (Horton, I & II Corinthians: A Logion Press Commentary). Like Paul, we have all been chosen by Jesus and have a great purpose in life. Furthermore, like Paul, we will have days when we have doubts as to whether or not we want to continue. Yet the call of God, being chosen by Him, will lead us on, strengthen and encourage us to keep going. Many years ago someone who I had never met gave me a plaque that said, “The will of God will never call you where the grace of God cannot keep you.” Just remember with the call of God comes the power of God to persevere through the most difficult of circumstances.