Chosen by God

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‘Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.’

Acts 9: 15

After the Lord Jesus appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus, he told him to go into the city and wait for further instructions. The Lord then appeared to Ananias in a vision to tell him to go and heal Paul. Ananias was very hesitant to go, but the Lord was emphatic, referring to Paul as his ‘chosen instrument’. It was no accident that Jesus had appeared to Paul that day. For Paul, this was a direct ‘calling’ from God. It was part of a plan, a plan developed in the mind of God and carried out with perfect precision. As Christians, we are all ‘chosen instruments’, and as such, we also are called by God. Your coming to a saving faith in Jesus Christ was no accident. He has chosen you, and has chosen you for a particular purpose. For Paul, that purpose was to ‘carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.’ Only in exceptional cases does God give us our purpose statement when we come to faith in him. Usually, it is we who are left with the responsibility of finding out God’s purpose for us, a task that should be continued for the rest of our lives. In a sense then, from the time we commit our lives to Jesus Christ, what we undertake from that point forward should be done only because we feel his ‘calling’ to us to do it. His purposes for you will be varied, but certainly one of those purposes will be to ‘carry his name’ before unbelievers as well as before believers. There is truly no higher calling for a Christian.

Written by Jeffrey Barrows from the USA

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