But rise and stand on your feet; for 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. I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me. Acts 26:16-18 NKJV
Jesus spoke these words to Paul of Tarsus. Paul was persecuting Jesus’ followers. Jesus met him on the road as he was traveling. Jesus redeemed Paul’s soul from darkness and brought Him into the light of everlasting life.
Paul was not persecuting the church because he opposed God. He did not persecute the church because he opposed the Messiah. Paul persecuted the church because he believed Jesus was a false prophet and a false Messiah.
Paul persecuted Jesus’s followers because he believed they opposed the one true God. Paul was raised in an environment of strict religious tradition. He was a product of the religious establishment. Jesus did not live up to his expectations of the Messiah.
Jesus commissioned Paul to be an Apostle and minister of the Gospel!
In Acts 9:15 The Lord speaking to Ananias says, “Go, for he (Paul) is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.”
Paul was a chosen vessel. Paul was not the only chosen vessel. God has many chosen vessels!
Has God revealed Himself to you? Have you surrendered you heart and life to Jesus Christ? Is He your Lord and Savior? If your answer is yes you are a Chosen Vessel of Almighty God. Jesus wants you to carry His name to the farthest corners of the earth!
Jesus wants to use you to open blind eyes. He wants to use you to turn His people from darkness to light. Jesus wants to use you turn people from the power of Satan to God, so others can be forgiven of their sins and receive an inheritance among the people of God.
Jesus is calling you to be a minister and a witness of the things you have seen and the things He will yet reveal to you. Do not be afraid of people who oppose the Gospel. Jesus will deliver you from people who oppose the work He wants to accomplish with your life!
Do the sins that so easily beset you disqualify you from serving Jesus? That is question only the Lord can answer. Our sin does distract us from the true purpose of our lives, to make Jesus famous.
Make the decision to turn from the darkness of sin to the light of Jesus everyday so that you can receive an inheritance among those that are sanctified by faith in Jesus. Be a minister of the Gospel and faithful witness of Jesus Christ today!
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