The choices you make
“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. Tell people that you have seen me, and tell them 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.’ “And so, King Agrippa, I obeyed that vision from heaven. Acts 26:15-19 God has something for you to do with the life He gave you. “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). This is what the apostle Paul told King Agrippa when he was standing before him defending himself when he was accused of spreading the message of salvation. Paul told the king that God already knew what specific work he will do. God told him this assignment right after his conversion at the Damascus road. “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel” (Acts 9:15). Even before Paul’s conversion to Christian faith (Saul as he was known before his conversion), he thought that he was doing a godly work when he was persecuting the followers of Christ for sharing the gospel. When God called him at the Damascus road, he realized his need of God and that God has set out his plan and purpose for his life. The same goes with every follower of God. When you surrendered your life to Christ, God invites you to become involved in what He is doing. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10). Every time you meet with God in His word and prayer, He is not just giving you a warm thought that will help you get by throughout the day. He will not speak to you so you could just gain more knowledge about the Bible. When you spend time with God each day in prayer and His word, you are asking Him to tell you to prepare your heart to respond as you join Him in what He is doing. Every day is filled with choices and decisions; some you consider as routine or inconsequential and there are others that have the potential to create some changes in the way you live. The question that you need to ask yourself as you face each day is this: will I recognize God this day by seeking Him and ask that He guides me as I do what He asks me to do? Time with God daily is not wasted time.