I have always been amazed at how God chooses to work through people and allows them to be his voice. I mean here we are imperfect, speaking for a perfect God. I sing at my church and sometimes have the opportunity to lead worship, which is basically speaking at certain times during the songs to help others move closer to God. It is a holy privilege and I do not take it lightly. But I don’t have the same burden that pastors or prophets have in leading others.
Paul and the other leaders of the time were the first leaders of our Christian church and they were laying the foundations. Apparently they didn’t always get it right or agree with each other either.
“Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls,” Acts 15: 24a
Some leaders were preaching legalism and others freedom. Sound familiar? I kind of find it refreshing to read that even the giants of the faith made mistakes or had conflict. So many times we tend to put them on a pedestal and almost dehumanize them. I mean I know I have said before that “if only I lived in biblical times, I would have stronger faith.” The thing is that even though they lived during the events we read about, they didn’t have the bible. They were still trying to figure it all out and it wasn’t till years later that Paul and the others put it all on paper for us. We have the benefit of hindsight so to speak. We can see how it all came together and makes sense. To me that strengthens my faith even more.
In the end, we have all been entrusted with the words of a Holy God and tasked with the privilege of sharing the good news. Thank God that he gave us the Holy Spirit to help us. I can’t imagine doing it on my own.
Father, help me to see with Your eyes and to speak with Your words. Help me to live as You would have me live. Amen