2 Timothy 1:11. “to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.”
Unless we are of Jewish descent (I am not), we are all Gentiles. So much focus was given to the Jewish population in the Bible. The Gentiles are also deserving of the salvation that Jesus died to give. Thankfully, Paul was a teacher and preacher of the Gentiles. It is because of Paul that the world knows about God.
To which I was appointed. Saul turned Paul did not volunteer for the position that He had. In fact, He ran in opposition of God by bringing in people who followed Jesus to be stoned. God had a plan for Paul though. First was the name change to Paul from Saul. Next was the appointment to spreading the Word of God. Paul went all over talking to many groups of Gentiles and starting churches wherever He went. Paul is one of the main reasons the Church is as strong as it is today.
A preacher. The name preacher comes from the Greek word κῆρυξ kēryx, kay’-roox; meaning a herald, i.e. of divine truth (especially of the gospel). Preachers are called to shout out the good news of Jesus. There are so many preachers in the world today. Paul truly was a preacher in the truest sense. He would not stay quiet about Jesus. He would shout out the name of Jesus in the streets and in jail. He was loud and proud of His Lord, Jesus. He wanted the truth to be out there.
An apostle. This comes from the Greek word ἀπόστολος apóstolos, ap-os’-tol-os; meaning a delegate; specially, an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ (“apostle”) (with miraculous powers):—messenger, he that is sent. Paul, though always thought himself to be the lowest apostle, was one. He was a delegate of the Word. He made sure that it was preached and it was preached true. He also did some miracles through the power and plan of God alone.
And a teacher of the Gentiles. Teacher comes from the Greek word διδάσκαλος didáskalos, did-as’-kal-os; meaning an instructor (genitive case or specially):—doctor, master, teacher. Paul, though He was on the wrong path away from God, got on the right path. Not on His own, but He saw the Light. He learned from the greatest teacher of all, Jesus, though not directly. He became a great teacher, though not of his own volition. God had a plan for Paul and that plan had Paul being a preacher, teacher and apostle. Paul had his place in the world.
We need to be more like Paul. Not because he was perfect but because of the zeal he had for the Lord. If there were more “Paul’s” in the world, how much more changed would this world be! Schools would still have prayer in them, people would be harassed less for having the Christian faith. The world would be a different place. The world is in the state that it is in due to a following toward Hell and Satan. We ned to buck this trend and turn the ship around. Let us fight with a zeal like Paul today and change the world for tomorrow.
We humbly come to You today with heavy hearts for the state of the world. The world is hurting. The world is scared. The world needs truth. All pain can be removed in Your name. All fear can be removed in Your name. All truth can be shone in Your name. We ask that, like Paul, You give us the words to say to stand up for this country and this world. Your name is greater than any other name. Let us bow down to You, Lord. Let us give our all for the kingdom that is Yours.
In Your name we pray,