Galatians 1:9-10 (JDV)
Galatians 1:9 As we have said before, I now say again: If anyone is announcing to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him!
Galatians 1:10 You see – am I now trying to persuade humans, or God? Or am I striving to please humans? If I were still trying to please humans, I would not be a servant of Christ.
On this day when the USA celebrates its independence, it is quite appropriate to think about what Paul is saying in today’s text. He is declaring that the gospel message which is the basis of his ministry did not come through human instruments. What Jesus did on the cross for us did not originate in any ecclesiastical committee. Paul and his missionary team did not answer to a hierarchy in Jerusalem or Antioch or anywhere else.
Paul and his team are taking criticism and don’t feel the church support they expected to receive. At such a point, they could give up, but they choose not to. They choose to keep going, because their calling did not come from humans. Like their message, their calling originated in God. They are ministers, but their ministry is primarily to God, not to the church.
Lord, when we don’t feel the support we expect, ground us in the reality that our calling is from you.