“But when He who set me
apart before I was born and called me by His grace was pleased to reveal
Himself to me that I might…” ~Galatians 1:15
I’m parked right here with this verse because three words
have captivated me…But when He. These words
are extremely powerful and I think about them in my own life.
In this verse Paul states what God’s grace did for him…what
He does for me.
1. He was set apart.I was set apart before I was born.
was “called” by God’s grace.I am called
by God’s grace.
was revealed to him.Jesus is revealed
In the notes part of my Bible for this verse it says: “set me apart before I was born…the emphasis
is again on God’s initiative: Paul was not called because of anything he
It’s not about what our accomplishments are…how many
diplomas I have…or how many initials are behind my name. Sure those are all good but God does not look
at the things we look at…He looks at the heart.
He chooses us for our hearts and our obedience and it’s up to us to take
the next step in faith.
If we just take a look at the people God handpicked to
use for His works…we know that it isn’t about accomplishments.
2 Timothy 1:9 says that God’s calling is by grace not
according to our work.
If I think for a moment that it’s about my
accomplishments in my life…then that nullifies what Jesus did on the
cross. I don’t have to climb the ladder
to get to God because He comes down to me.
Jesus saved my life and He didn’t do it because I followed a set of rules. No…I’m a mess and definitely have broken a
lot of rules in my life. No- He did it
because He loves me. The Cross is
enough! I don’t have to try harder. I don’t have to do more. I don’t have to be better. Nope…I just have to TRUST and have FAITH in
“Jesus is our ladder. We don’t have to climb up because He comes
down to us.”
But When God....
set me apart before I was born and called me by His grace…ME…the
messed up me…the rule breaker me…the do it all on my own ME…when He set me
apart and revealed His son Jesus to me---so that I can be formed into the image
of His son and show others Jesus through me.
That is a BUT WHEN GOD moment.
God says, “Behold…I am doing a new thing!”
Yes…God does not look at the things we look at. He looks at the heart. Where is your heart? <Speaking to myself>
But When God said to me, “Michelle it’s not about your
past it’s about your willingness. I want to use you because of your obedience
and because of your heart. Trust me to
go with you and finish the work I have started in you. Trust me to develop you. I have chosen you.”
“The Christian life is
always, always on-the-job training.” ~Christine Caine
God has me where I am for a reason…He has always had a
hand in my life. He is working in me...shaping
my heart and preparing me for the work He wants me to do. My job is to walk
humbly, be obedient and carry it out.
“God requires our obedience
before our understanding.” ~Christine Caine