I was reading Galations 2 a few days ago when verses 7 & 8 really stood out to me. In the old NIV it says,
“On the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, just as Peter had been to the Jews. 8 For God, who was at work in the ministry of Peter as an apostle to the Jews, was also at work in my ministry as an apostle to the Gentiles.”
From what Paul writes, it was clear to the pillars (Peter, John, James) that God was at work in Paul’s ministry. There wasn’t any debate about whether God was working there or not. The evidence was clear. Even though he was going to a group of people the Jews had historically considered off limits, and perhaps, even immune from the gracious touches of God, the pillars clearly saw God’s hand at work.
What kind of evidence was there? Gentiles were coming to faith, people were being healed, God’s Spirit was coming upon them, churches were forming. The young churches were enduring opposition and yet still filled with love and joy. Paul was also encountering large amounts of opposition, and yet God was still clearly moving His message of Jesus’ love and redemption forward.
As I read that, I thought to myself, “Is there clear evidence of God being at work in my ministry?”
I’m not always sure that would be the case. There are certainly times where I can see God’s hand working, and I do not think my ministry is without results or effect… yet, I’m not sure the pillars of our faith today would look at my ministry and say they could clearly see God at work there.
The pillars can see I have endured some suffering in my following of Jesus. They can see I work hard at what I do. They can see I am intelligent and use what I have for the Lord. They can see I have been completely committed to the work. However, the question remains, is there clear evidence of God being at work in my ministry?
I cannot point to the fruit that Paul pointed to, nor can I point to the kind of opposition he encountered, perhaps thankfully. I cannot point to the number of lost believing, or to the establishing of churches like what happened in the places Paul was.
Is there clear evidence of God being at work in my ministry? I would love to say yes to this. I hope in the future I will be able to.
The question I am asking myself is, “What would need to change in my life or my ministry for that clear evidence of God’s work to be present?”
What about you? Is their clear evidence that God is working in your ministry? What would need to change in your life or ministry for that clear evidence of God’s work to be present?
Leave your answers in the comments.