Acts 21:17-21: An instrument in the hands of God.

“17 When we arrived at Jerusalem, the brothers and sisters received us warmly. 18 The next day Paul and the rest of us went to see James, and all the elders were present. 19 Paul greeted them and reported in detail what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.  20 When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: ‘You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law. 21 They have been informed that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to our customs.NIV UK”

If you should be (apparently) very successful in the work of God, never forget that you are just an instrument in the Hands of a Master-Musician. The beautiful notes produced by your life are the product of His breath. Even if your successes should seem small, never lose sight that these are God’s achievements in and through you.

‘’What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.’’ (1 Corinthians 3:5-7).

‘’For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience – by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God – so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ…’’ (Romans 15:18, 19).

Paul spoke about God ‘’had done among the Gentiles through his ministry’’ (19) and the result was that God was ‘’glorified’’ (20). This is what we are after in Christian service. At least, it ought to be.

‘…as it is written, ‘’Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’’ ‘ (1 Corinthians 1:31).