“But the Lord said to him, ‘Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.’” Acts 9:15
Paul, who is formerly Saul of Tarsus, was a man who hated Christ and “…breathed threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord…” (Acts 9:1). And yet, God chose Paul, revealing His glory to him so he could not resist the call to follow Jesus the Messiah. Jesus overpowered Paul’s hard heart and natural sin inclination against Him so that he would trust in Him and be born again.
Paul was chosen to be an apostle and would be used as an instrument for the carrying out of the Gospel. Though we are not apostles like Paul, we are likewise instruments chosen by God for the spreading of the Gospel and the building up of His Church (Matthew 28:16-20).
What a humbling privilege! Sister, do you see yourself as an instrument of God? Or are you more prone to see God as an instrument in your life? Without God “invading” your life and calling you, you would not be a Christian. Do you find yourself taking credit for your conversion?
Being an instrument of God is not what the world would perceive as a glamorous calling, but it is the highest calling. Being an instrument means we are agents being used by God for His glory. This will look a bit different for each of us, since we are placed within different spheres of influence in different corners of the world. One thing is for sure—we are called to suffer for the Gospel. In Acts 9, not long after Paul’s conversion, we see that a great conflict arose, and there was a conspiracy to kill him. Do you, like Paul, “count everything as loss” because you have Christ, and as his chosen instrument “share in his sufferings” (Philippians 3:8,10)?
Lord, thank You for invading my life and calling me to be an ambassador of Your Gospel. Thank You for saving me, calling me, and equipping me. Thank You for Christ who makes it possible for me to be a part of Your Kingdom work. Forgive me for often seeing You as an instrument in my life instead of recognizing the great call of me to be an instrument for You. Help me to evaluate my part in the spread of the Gospel, among the people You’ve placed in my life and among the community You’ve sovereignly made me a part of. Give me a heart that counts all suffering for Your sake as joy because the Gospel is worth it all. I surrender all to You. Use me for Your glory. Amen.
Memorize John 3:30.