Today’s scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:11-13
Paul, the writer of the majority of the New Testament, deliverer of wisdom,
faithful servant of God, could very well have boasted regularly about how God
used him. Yet one of his most visible attributes is his humility.
I believe he never forgot what God had done for him. He had actually, literally
persecuted Christ’s followers.
When we first meet Paul, he’s supervising the execution of Stephen. Before he
meets Jesus, he wants nothing more than to wipe out this new movement following
the upstart Nazarene. He’s on his way to Damascus when, as the Bible
says: “Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples
of the Lord, went to the high priest, and asked for letters from him to the
synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men
and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem” (Acts 9:1-2).
Then he meets Jesus: “As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching
Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; and he fell to
the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you
persecuting Me?’ And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am
Jesus whom you are persecuting’ …” (Acts 9:3-5).
It’s easy to see why Paul would call himself a “nobody.” And I totally
understand his humility. Even after Paul showed such hate towards Jesus and His
people, Jesus lovingly saved him, and God used him in amazing ways.
I too am a “nobody.” I turned my back on God for so many years, choosing to
live, not to honor Him, but to fulfill my own fleshly desires. Yet, when I came
back to Jesus, He welcomed me with open arms.
And I too am being used by God. It’s enough to make me fall on my face in
What an amazingly gracious God we serve!