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In this post, we’ll be considering a biblical example of a man who was elected by grace. We are saved to save. We were not qualified for the call, but yet God chose us.
As you read through, be encouraged. God uses the weak things of this world to confound the wise. This was the experience of Apostle Paul.
SAUL; THE PERSECUTOR
In the book of Acts of the Apostles, scripture makes us understand that Saul consented to the death of Stephen.
Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
And devout men carried Stephen to his burial and made great lamentation over him.
As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison. Acts 8: 1-3
I believe that Saul’s dedication to the persecution of Christians did not spring up suddenly. Hatred must have lingered in his heart for some time. His actions at Stephen’s murder only replicated the thoughts in his heart.
When we are not busy for God, when we have nothing doing for the Lord, when we are not Kingdom-minded, the devil will commit his assignments into our hands.
If you are not using your creativity to propagate the gospel, you will be creative in committing evil. The devil delights in hijacking whatever God has created, for his agenda.
FULFILLING THE WRONG AGENDA
Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord went to the high priest
And asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Acts 9:1-2
Saul was so dedicated to this agenda, that he sought permission and followed protocols, just to ensure the Christians were captured. He exerted so much energy and time to this duty. Of course, God couldn’t have been the one making use of him.
Perhaps, you have been fulfilling the wrong purpose, maybe you are achieving goals in the wrong direction. God desires that you make a U-turn. Grace has not given up on you yet, grace has come for you today.
ELECTED BY GRACE
As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.
Then he fell to the ground, came heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me?”
And he said, ‘Who are you, Lord?” Then came Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.
So he trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city and you will be told what you must do”. Acts 9:1-6
But God created Saul for a purpose and he was not aligned with it. God knew what he had purposed him to do and where he had chosen him to be relevant. So, Grace interceded and God did not send a man or an angel, the Lord appeared to Saul, by himself.
Was Saul qualified to have seen the master? If we could choose iniquities, should he have been given a chance? If men were to appoint apostles, would Saul and the list? If God considered Saul’s atrocities, that encounter shouldn’t have been a saving one, it could have been judgment execution. But God has a plan for everyone he created. God has a purpose in his heart for every man. God has a place for you in his eternal agenda.
GRACE CHOSE YOU
Then Ananias answered, “ Lord I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem.
“And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name”
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. “For I will show him many things he must suffer for my name’s sake.” Acts 9:13-16
God sent Ananias to Saul, and he didn’t want to go because of the reports he had heard about him. Perhaps, men have carried reports of your past and sealed you with it. Your past may disqualify you amongst men, but Grace qualifies you before God.
You did not choose to be created, God chose to create you. You did not choose to be saved, God chose to save you. You did not choose to have a purpose, but God chose to create you for one.
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6-8
This valedictory speech isn’t the one of Saul who was persecuting Christians, it is that of Apostle Paul, a transformed man who obeyed the call of God and fulfilled purpose as laid out by Him.
Recall that Paul did not begin this divine assignment at birth, rather after he had encountered Christ for apostle Paul, he boldly declared that Grace elected him. I can boldly say that Grace elected me too. Grace gave me another chance to live for God and his name.
I sincerely desire to fulfill God’s purpose for my life, so that I can also say ‘I have finished the work’. Jesus Christ made this declaration, Apostle Paul also did. I want to make this declaration, do you? Grace has elected you, don’t turn deaf ears. Yield yourself totally to God and fulfill his purpose for your life.
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