Read it!: Acts 9
But the Lord said to Ananias,
“Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles
and their kings and before the people of Israel.
I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
Think it through:
From what I can tell, being God’s chosen instrument is rarely an easy thing. In Tarsus, Saul clearly thought that he was being God’s instrument. Saul probably thought he was suffering for the Lord when he left his home on the journey to arrest more “heretical” Christians.
But then God showed Saul how much he would really suffer for His name. While physically blind, Saul had time to see how spiritually blind he’d been. In those three days when he wasn’t seeing, drinking, or eating, he must have realized that life as he knew it was over. It was time to start suffering for a different name: Jesus.
Am I willing to suffer for the name of Jesus? I believe that God has chosen me as a very small instrument to carry a very specific message to my sisters in Christ. I’m now in a season of diligent work on my second book. I’m filling my schedule with time for writing and editing. I’m trying to surrender my worries about the end result. I’m also dealing with a health issue that’s making my work time even more challenging. Far too often I find myself resisting the amount of work and fretting over the things I have to surrender.
But truly, even as I type this I can see how very little suffering God is asking of me!
Live it like you mean it:
How is God using you as His instrument? What “suffering” (discomfort, embarrassment, time commitment, or actual suffering) comes along with your call? Make a pledge with me today—let’s refuse to complain about our suffering, no matter how big or small!
Lift it up:
Jesus, I want to be Your instrument in this world and I know that it’s not an easy task. You never promised that it would be. I will endure these hardships and many more for Your name with no complaints on my lips. Lord, please help me to stay true to that pledge! Amen
Tell Me About It:
I’d love to hear how you are an instrument for the Lord!
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