The power of weakness to share the Gospel and the light of Jesus.
When it comes to our mission and command to reach the lost, could it be said that we come in boldness and confidence in our own persuasive words and methods more than in the demonstration of the Spirit and His power?
Is this why the Lord sent Peter to the Jews and Paul to the Gentiles?
Paul was a Hebrew of Hebrews, a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin (Phil 3:5-6).
Paul would be so comfortable preaching to the Hebrews and they likely with him.
Paul could have related to Jews better than Peter and Peter could have related to the Gentiles better than Paul, at least one would think so in the flesh.
But the Lord put them both in situations where they would be profoundly uncomfortable.
It is easy to see why Paul came to the Gentiles “in much fear and trembling.” (1 Cor 2:1-5, 1 Cor 4:20)
Both Peter and Paul were sent to preach to those who would be repelled by them in the flesh!
The only way they could complete their mission was to be dependent on Holy Spirit.
Peter tried to go to Gentiles and got in serious trouble. (Galatians 2:11-14)
Paul insisted on going to the Jews, even though warned by Holy Spirit of what awaited him, he got into trouble. (Acts 21:27-30)
We are not always called to those we have the greatest burden for. Paul unquestionably had burden for the Jews. Pauls burden for Jews was a natural one. Again, according to the flesh he was a Hebrew of Hebrews.
“Live according to flesh, you must die (dead works), but if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.” (Romans 8:6-8, 12-14)
This is a beautiful process of sanctification (growth in holiness) which all believers must go through (1 Peter 1:16). It is a beautiful healing, freeing, and empowering process, and part of God’s design.
What parts of your life in the flesh need to be put to death?
When is the last time you were profoundly uncomfortable sharing the Gospel?
Are you listening to God to know where you are to be sent?