The Same Holy Spirit
For He who was at work with Peter in the apostleship to the circumcised was also at work with me among the Gentiles.
Peter was the first apostle to preach after Jesus ascended into heaven and the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost. Although he had previously denied Christ to avoid his own persecution, Jesus restored him to ministry and ordained him to lead the church after Him. After his first sermon, 3,000 people were saved – an undeniable anointing of the Holy Spirit!
Paul recognized that the same Holy Spirit that worked in Peter to minister to the Jews worked in him to minister to the Gentiles. He did not envy Peter’s work nor try to compete with him. He simply preached the message the Holy Spirit gave him and moved in the direction He led him. The end result was an evangelistic explosion of new churches and the writing of one third of the New Testament, which still speaks to us today. God worked through Peter, and He worked through Paul to minister to different groups in different ways but with the same anointing of the Holy Spirit.
That same Holy Spirit works in us, by the way. He still anoints people and moves them to draw others into God’s kingdom because that is His job. We do not have to compete with other people, other ministries, or other personalities. We simply need to trust that He who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it, according to Philippians 1:6.
Do you see someone else being blessed in their personal life or in ministry? The same Holy Spirit that works in them also works in you. Don’t focus upon that person or the blessing. Focus upon what the Holy Spirit is saying to you. He will guide you into His place of anointing, where you will be able to fulfill God’s purpose for your life. God is working in your life, and He has much planned for you. Don’t miss it by concentrating on someone else’s blessing. Grab all He has for you, and move forward with purpose and calling.
Have a blessed day!