What is more amazing is that like the apostle Paul we are all sent out by the King of kings to the world (Matt. Let’s recognize with humility that we don’t deserve such a commission either.It is our privilege to represent Him and His eternal truth in word and in deed each day to all around us. 1 Timothy 1:1 Did you hear about the little boy who returned home after his first Sunday School class? ' and the little boy answered, "I don't remember her name, but she must have been Jesus' grandmother because she didn't talk about anyone else." Does our conversation reflect our love of Jesus?Paul often referred to himself as ‘an apostle by the will of God’ (1Corinthians 1:1, 2Corinthians 1:1, Ephesians 1:1, see note Colossians 1:1). No one is getting saved.’ So Jeremiah decided to quit prophesying, to quit sharing—until he realized that the Word of God was like fire in his bones and that he could not keep quiet (Jeremiah 20:9).In this case, however, he says, ‘It’s not just His will for me, it’s His command that I am to be an apostle—one who is sent out, one who shares truth.’ The things that we have been commanded to do can sometimes become wearying when we find ourselves in situations we weren’t anticipating—like prison. Maybe like Jeremiah, or perhaps like Paul, you feel imprisoned and are tempted to throw in the towel, to quit sharing the Gospel with people since none seem to respond.When Jesus confronted the Pharisees, He said, “You …outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Matt. Jesus had a different but equally direct message for His followers: “Do not be like the hypocrites” (). These inner attitudes should pour out through our words and actions (Luke ). If people look beyond the beautiful outward display, will they discover an authentic heart?He didn’t earn that position; it was “by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ.” In other words, his was not a human but a divine appointment.Paul had formerly been a “blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man” (v.13).
Many of us “advertise” for Jesus, but our spiritual houses are in disrepair.
—D C Egner (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. All rights reserved) Grace, mercy, and peace are the three sisters of salvation.
In these three words we have the gospel in capsule form.
We can appropriate these gifts through prayer and obedience.
In the storms of temptation we will not fall if we always keep three points on the Rock.
After all, it was from a Roman prison cell that Paul wrote to Timothy. But if you do, the Word of God will burn in your heart as surely as it did in Jeremiah’s, and, like Paul, you will realize you have no choice in the matter, for you are under the command of God. A Day's Journey: 365 Daily Meditations from the Word October 13.