”“I have appeared unto thee for this purpose” [Acts 26:16 NKJ]
The Lord always explains the meaning behind the words…if we are listening.
Listening in kingdom terms requires us to act upon what we have heard—the muscle of our spiritual ear either increases or decreases depending on our willingness to obey. The Lord spoke to Paul for a reason…He had a purpose. Paul didn’t have to guess what the purpose was it was made clear to Him. This was God’s plan and God would work the plan and make it happen. ”I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.”
What God did in Paul’s life He desires to do in your life? You are called and chosen of God for a purpose. The scriptures and the stories they tell are not meant to be a ‘hall of fame’ they are written to reveal God’s will and ways for mankind. What can we glean from Paul’s call?
He will ‘make you a minister’—that is a servant of the most high God. One who listens for the Master’s voice and fulfills the given task with joy! This is His work in your heart—to make you a minister
His work in your life will also make you a witness’. From the time of Moses those called of God have said—“not me I can’t speak, I can’t communicate, I can’t share my testimony! I can’t tell your story.” God says, “Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say,” [Exodus 4:12].
God taught Paul by bonding and building the servant master relationship. He taught Paul the principle of an open and continual communication system that allowed God’s life and love to flow into the world—not only his words communicated but Paul’s life was a witness that Christ was alive and the exact representation of Almighty God—the Father of us all
Further Reading: Isaiah 6, Acts 26 – 28
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