I keep thinking about Paul, the Apostle, and how much we can learn from him. He was patient, forgiving, humble, courageous…
And faithful. In Galatians 6:17, Paul says, “From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” He was easily identifiable as a follower of Christ and had the scars to prove it. Paul was an incredible servant, but he was also just a man. Only by God’s grace did he develop such noble character.
This verse in Galatians makes me consider what people see when they look at my life. I’m not convinced there’s enough evidence of Christ to convict me of being a Christian. I love God, but I don’t invite Him into every area of my life. I don’t always invite Him to work. I don’t always invite Him into my relationships. I don’t always make time for Him in my schedule. My spiritual walk has become a walk of convenience and not a walk of conviction.
God is the ultimate gentleman. He will never force Himself on you, or beg for your affection, or guilt you for abandoning Him. I take advantage of His goodness, at times ignoring or neglecting our relationship. I forget what a privilege it is that the King of the universe would want a relationship with me. I ignore His invitation to develop the very same character traits in me as He did for Paul.
I don’t want to walk the path of convenience anymore. I want my heart to be enraptured by God. I want His fingerprints all over my life. I want His marks all over my relationships, investments, and values. Paul reminds me that God doesn’t just want us to get to heaven– He wants us to live abundantly so that people might see Him through us.
And that’s the best invitation I’ve ever received.