It is quite interesting what the Bible says about the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul. Galatians 1:11-16 is an incredible passage where he explains to the Galatians that his conversion was solely due to the gospel and God’s grace. Paul had no plan in sight of becoming a believer. He goes from, “violently persecuting and destroying the church of God” to “preaching Christ among the gentiles”! Talk about a 180, wow!
He goes on to say later in 2 Timothy 1:9-11, “through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher.” The Christian ministry of Paul was not what he went to school for. It wasn’t in his 5 year plan or his 20 year plan. If it were up to Paul, he would still be Saul and would have died separated form Christ. But God had different plans. He gave Paul his ministry through his grace and completely re-routed his future.
In some not so nearly extreme ways I feel a little tiny bit like Paul. Self-righteous and proud freshmen year of college Jon never would have dreamed of doing 4 years of ministry with The Navigators and going on to now do 5-7 more! But humbled and “grace case” Jon looks back on it all and can clearly see the hand of God in it, faithfully guiding and lead me to rediscover the gospel in college to enjoying discipling a guy so much his senior year that full time ministry actually excited him.
Under the “ministry” menu you can read more about our journey into full-time college ministry, see pictures of our beautiful family God has blessed us with, and get more information about the Navigators. This is our ministry that God has given us, I hope you enjoy reading about it!