Amplified Bible (AMP)
4 [Besides this evidence] it was also established and plainly endorsed by God, Who showed His approval of it by signs and wonders and various miraculous manifestations of [His] power and by imparting the gifts of the Holy Spirit [to the believers] according to His own will.
Its always by grace, that we grow. When I was young I would look towards the confidence I acquired for men’s praise and acknowledgment. At times, it will attract unwanted criticism and alienation. However God is always gracious, he trains and disciplines us. He shows that endorsement from God and men are different.
He endorses us by blessing others. Men endorses by blessing ourselves. When signs and wonders appear in the love you have for people, you know God is delighted in you when signs and wonders follow you.
Maturity comes when you are flowing with the Spirit, confidence comes from the man inside, Jesus. He produces the works that matter to the Father. The Father sets his approval by the signs and wonders. With that kind of accreditation, we rest in our Father’s quiet confidence in us.
In the alternative, when we react indifferently when we failed to acquire confidence in numbers or people’s testimonies towards us, it shows where our anchors are placed. We try to force ourselves to be the limelight. In Christ you are already the limelight. You are a natural. What human effort produces is purely a light that fades. It is not grace but law. Human effort.
I am just humbled as I understand Paul’s confidence. He attributes his growth to Grace. I would like to think of myself of being brought to maturity the same way. The signs of maturity is reconciliation and not division.
“I would like to encourage you to stop thinking of what you’re doing as ministry. Start realizing that your ministry is how much of a tip you leave when you eat in a restaurant; when you leave a hotel room whether you leave it all messed up or not; whether you flush your own toilet or not. Your ministry is the way that you love people. And you love people when you write something that is encouraging to them, something challenging. You love people when you call your wife and say, ‘I’m going to be late for dinner,’ instead of letting her burn the meal. You love people when maybe you cook a meal for your wife sometime, because you know she’s really tired. Loving people – being respectful toward them – is much more important than _________________________ (what you do).”
Rich Mullins. Gospel Singer.
In short ministry is about people not the ministry. When you forget that, your ministry becomes the idol you worship.