Today's Reading: Galatians 1-3
As a child, I liked watching Let's Make a Deal and To Tell the Truth. In both shows, the highlight would be when what was behind the chosen door or who the mystery person truly was was revealed. The waiting was over!
In today's gospel, Paul shares a very important idea: the concept of revelation. He shares how he was raised in a belief system and brought up in a tradition which was very near and dear to his heart until God "was pleased to reveal his Son in me." He says, "The gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from anyone, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ."
Paul did not know that he did not know until God opened his eyes to the gospel. Paul could not see what he could not see--Paul could not hear what he could not hear--until it pleased God to reveal it to him.
In many ways, this is helpful as we share our faith and live together in the church. We all need to share what we believe according to the scriptures and as we share, realize each of us must be open to the revelation from Jesus Christ.
God is pleased to reveal this to us in God's own time. This not only means God takes pleasure in the revelation, but God reveals when God chooses, determines or is willing to reveal his son and the gospel to us.
Therefore, we need to be patient with one another. God will choose when the door is opened or the truth is revealed.