Apostle Grace Lubega
Galatians 4:19(KJV); My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
Every Christian must have a burden for the gospel.
The lack of a burden for the things of the Kingdom of God is the reason why some things in the Church of Christ are taken for granted: why service in the Kingdom is treated as a favour we are doing for God or why some people’s hearts do not beat for souls.
Paul had an intense burden for the church which he equated to the travail of a woman at birth.
What a burden!
It was so strong that at some point, he wished he would rather be accursed for the sake of his brethren the Jews (Romans 9:3).
But how does one get to this point? Is it something you force yourself into?
No, the burden is placed by God into your spirit. However, He can never get you to a point of having a burden for men until He has brought you to the understanding that it is you who needs help the most.
For Paul to travail for men like a woman with birth pangs, he had to have this understanding.
In 1 Timothy 1:15, he says, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
Only a humble and broken man who has seen his true state through the eyes of God can have a burden for other men. When God reveals to you how much you need Him, the scales of pride fall off your eyes and you start to see that God is indeed humanity’s greatest need.
May God open your eyes to this truth and understanding.
FURTHER STUDY:1 Timothy 1:15, Romans 9:3
GOLDEN NUGGET: Only a humble and broken man who has seen his true state through the eyes of God can have a burden for other men. When God reveals to you how much you need Him, the scales of pride fall off your eyes and you start to see that God is indeed humanity’s greatest need.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for this Word. I thank You for the opportunity to serve in the gospel. I choose to spend and be spent for it. My heart beats to the rhythm of your heart. Your yoke is my yoke and your burden is my burden.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.