“And when James, Cephas and John, who seem to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me…” Galatians 2:9
God’s grace is available to everyone. An example of this grace is found in Ephesians 2:8,9. This is the grace by which we are saved and live a life of victory.
However, there are also specific gifts that grace bestows upon us. Romans 12:3-6 speaks of these gifts.
Note how in the scripture listed above, Galatians 2:9, these specific gifts are recognizable. The Apostle Paul was given a specific grace for revealing Jesus to the Gentile world, which was recognized by the other apostles.
While there was much involved and included in Paul’s gift, simply stated, he was empowered to bring Jesus to the Gentiles. This gifting or grace brought him before the highest kings and the most learned scholars.
Pastor Joseph Prince, pastor of one of the largest and fastest growing churches in Singapore, was our recent guest at Fire Conference 06 in Ontario, Canada. During one of his teaching sessions he pointed out the unique grace on Pastor Peter’s life and ministry. Pastor Prince stated that many evangelists come through South East Asia, but very few have the sheer favor among the political and religious leaders as does Pastor Peter. Even those from other religions recognize and respect the gifting God has put on Pastor Peter’s life.
Pastor Prince was reminding us of the great privilege we each have to be a part of this incredible ministry of grace God has given to Pastor Peter…. a grace to reveal Jesus to the nations. Like the Apostle Paul, involved in this gifting is favor among leaders around the globe, in effect influencing entire nations.
Friends, we are all part of this same grace. In Philippians 1:7 the Apostle Paul is writing a thank you letter for the Philippians supporting him in the work he was doing for the Gospel. He tells them, “you are all partakers with me of grace”.
Just this past week at our Anatananarivo Festival 06 in Madagascar, Pastor Peter was ushered into the office of the second most powerful man in the country, the President of the Senate. For over 30 minutes he shared God’s love with this leader and finished in prayer. God’s presence was tangibly felt as he left the President’s office.
Pastor Peter’s meeting with the leader of Madagascar was only the most recent in a long list of leaders Pastor Peter has had the privilege to influence with the Gospel.
We thank the Lord for the unbelievable grace He has given us and allowed us to be a part of. We too are partakers of this gift of grace! What a privilege! What an honor!