Paul Operated in Authority and Humility

This week I’m talking about last days leadership and the issue of entitlement. Paul is a great example of a leader who overcame the entitlement attitude of a Pharisee and became a servant leader. He said in 1 Cor. 15:9, "For I am the least of the apostles and do not deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect."

Paul knew the only reason he stood as a leader in the church was by God’s grace. Paul intimately knew that the gift of grace made him completely acceptable in God’s kingdom. It made him completely acceptable as a leader. It was grace that changed his heart by displacing pride and instilling humility. What a powerful testimony to the changing power of Jesus! Paul operated in the authority of a leader but with the humility of one changed by Jesus.

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