Here is the most detailed description of Paul’s testimony, shared with me to understand the transformation that took place in his life and what it looks like to serve and follow Jesus. Purpose screams from the storyline and with that comes boldness, wisdom, courage, value and a deep sense of commitment and faithfulness.
‘I’m sending you off to open the eyes of the outsiders so they can see the difference between dark and light, and choose light, see the difference between Satan and God, and choose God. I’m sending you off to present my offer of sins forgiven, and a place in the family, inviting them into the company of those who begin real living by believing in me.’ – Acts 26:17-18 MSG
I love the call of God in Paul’s life. I have looked for such a call between the ages of 12 and 14. Finally received a tap on the shoulder at 14. The specific call took place at age 25. I have another call that still has not materialized and that is okay. I am doing the work I am called to do now.
What an honour for God to choose me as His minister, an honour that suggests that I am not doing anything in my own strength but through the working of His Spirit which is revealed in me everyday.
What is the secret? Paul was forgiven and I was forgiven. Paul was the chief of sinners and I was up there too, but we both obtained mercy. More than mercy actually, we were honoured as ministers of Jesus. A call offered to everyone who has decided to follow Jesus.
I know that the real secret is in being obedient to that call, not just receiving it. It is a call where I cannot dishonour the One who called me.
It’s because of this ‘whole world’ dimension that the Jews grabbed me in the Temple that day and tried to kill me. – Acts 26:21 MSG
This is why persecution even exists. Paul’s story reminds me that while my own life may have no value in of itself, what an honour to be freely given God’s goodness. What a honour to humble myself and not to grudge whatever may come my way so that I may present myself to the world as a child of God.
It is God walking with me that matters most. I try to memorize a verse every week. This week it is Hebrews 4:16 – “So let’s walk right up to Him and get what He is ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.” The promise is that He will never leave me so my decision each day is to choose life and to raise an Ebenezer to the honour of His name. All of this because Jesus has helped me.
Father, thank You for calling me with a purpose and with a life that involves walking with You. Thank You for the power of the Holy Spirit enabling me to do and accomplish all that You have set before me to do. Thank You that my glory is not in me and what I have done, but rather, in You and what You have done.