Text: Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. (1 Thessalonians 2:6)
Text: For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. (1 Corinthians 15:9)
Text: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (1 Timothy 1:15)
Tweet: At the beginning of his apostolic ministry, Paul claimed to be an apostle ( 1 Thessalonians 2:6). About midway through, he confessed that he was not worthy to be called an apostle (1 Corinthians 15:9). At the end of his life, he wrote that he was the chief of all sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). Notice, as Paul grew in Godâ€™s grace and got closer to God his opinion of himself sunk and his view of God soared. God became holier and he became humbler. If youâ€™re not becoming humbler and God is not becoming holier in your eyes, then, youâ€™re not growing in Godâ€™s grace nor getting any closer to God.