Joining God in His work
Who are you, lord?’ I asked. “And the Lord replied, ‘I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting. Now get to your feet! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and witness. You are to tell the world what you have seen and what I will show you in the future. And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me. Acts 26:15-18 Even before you were born, God already knew what He wanted to do with your life (Jer. 1:5; Ps. 139:13). In our text today, the Lord already knew Paul and had a specific assignment for him. But Jesus only revealed this assignment after Paul’s conversion (Acts 9:15). Before conversion, Paul was very misguided that by waging war and persecuting Christians he thought that he was sincerely doing a godly cause! Although God knew what He wanted for Paul, He waited to reveal it to him until He gained his attention and that he realized his need of Him. Our Lord does not come to us so we can discover what we would like to accomplish for Him. What God does is that He reveals to us His activity and invites us to become involved in His work. An encounter with God requires us to adjust ourselves to the life He wanted us to have. God never communicates with us through His Word merely to give us a warm devotional thought for that day. He never speaks to us simply to increase our biblical knowledge. Our Lord has far more significant things to reveal to us than that! When God reveals to us what He is doing, He invites us to join Him in the work He is doing. Are you prepared to meet God today? Before you meditate on His Word today, prepare your heart to respond to Him and be ready to join Him where He will be at work.