Scripture: Acts 22: (the apostle Paul said to the crowd) 3 “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, educated strictly according to our ancestral law, being zealous for God, just as all of you are today. 4 I persecuted this Way up to the point of death by binding both men and women and putting them in prison…
6 “While I was on my way and approaching Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone about me. 7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ 8 I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ Then he said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth whom you are persecuting.’ 9 Now those who were with me saw the light but did not hear the voice of the one who was speaking to me. 10 I asked, ‘What am I to do, Lord?’ The Lord said to me, ‘Get up and go to Damascus; there you will be told everything that has been assigned to you to do.’
Observation: I’ve said this many times before, but it bears repeating. It’s hard to comprehend just how unconventional a person Saul (his name before it was “Paul”) was when he was called by the Lord Jesus to be an apostle to the Gentiles. One might have expected there were any number of spiritually mature, faithful, formidable Christian leaders already in the church who could have done the job, empowered by the Spirit. Heck, most of Jesus’ original disciples were still alive, why not choose one of them? After all, they were direct eye-witnesses to just about everything related to Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Few would have challenged their authority as apostles in the way they challenged Paul – who was not a direct eyewitness to those same things. But God’s ways are not our ways.
Application: I know. If you follow this blog you’ve seen me write about this issue many times already. Some of you may be rolling your eyes at this point and thinking, “Not this again.” Yes this again. God chooses people for his purposes much differently than human beings do. God seems to choose all the wrong people based on what can be seen and known about them before God calls them. But then they turn out to be just the right people. Why is this so important?
It’s so important because the Lord is calling you dear brothers and sisters. It may be something big or it may be something small, but the Lord is calling you to do something on his behalf for the sake of another. Even as you read this, some of you know exactly what I’m referring to. You’ve “heard” the call but you’ve been resisting it because you just can’t see yourself as someone who is qualified or capable of succeeding. I get it.
Get over it.
It’s not about you. All you have to do is say “yes” and trust God for the rest. Really. God will bring to bear whatever is needed to accomplish the task you’ve been given. It’s true. And when you step out in faith, despite your obvious shortcomings, the Lord will meet you there and do something you could never do on your own.
Prayer: Lord, give us faith to suspend our disbelief long enough to say yes to your calling. Amen.