This month of July in our church is dedicated to men, we look forward to sharing on the theme, ‘’Men of Influence’’. In our sermon reflections this month, we will draw lessons from a few men in the bible who influenced the world during their time. The end goal is to encourage every one of us to know that God has called us at such a time as this to influence our world for Him.
Apostle Paul is no doubt revered as one of the greatest men of the faith. His story is told in Acts 7:58-28:31 and throughout his New Testament letters. Before he became a slave of Jesus Christ, he was a persecutor of Christians. Acts 8:1 and 9:1-2 gives an account of Saul’s role in Stephen’s death as well as how he used to persecute anyone who followed Christ. But just one encounter with Christ changed Saul’s life completely. Until his conversion, little had been done about carrying the gospel to non-Jews. We read in scripture how Barnabas and others teamed up with Paul, and went on to do missionary journeys that enabled the gospel to be shared across the Roman Empire. Apostle Paul influenced not only the Roman Empire, but the entire world; the lives he touched were changed and challenged by Jesus Christ who Paul preached and lived for.
Here are some lessons from Paul’s life that we can learn and use in our lives so that we too can influence the world we are in for Christ:
1.Paul was focused on the calling of God in his life: Paul lived for the spreading of the gospel. He was an evangelist and knew that his calling on earth was to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth.
In Philippians 1:21, he declared, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. “He remained focused on Christ all through, he never allowed his past or present situation to derail him.
2.Paul lived life to please God and not man. As you read through the letters he wrote to the churches he had started, you will notice that Paul was very serious about the things of God and bluntly made it clear that he couldn’t care about what people thought of him. When he wrote to the congregation in Galatia, (Galatians 1:10) he once reminded them, ‘’am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
A lot more can be said of Paul and how he influenced the world during his time, it’s important for all us today to know that God expects us to influence the people he has brought in our space for Him. This week, purpose to live like Apostle Paul-live to please God rather than man and remain focused on the calling of God in your life.
We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!
Have a fruitful week.