Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Acts 22:14-15

Acts 22:14-15 - “Then he said: ‘The God of our fathers has chosen you to know His will and to see the Righteous One and to hear his Words from His mouth. You will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.’”

This is the message that God spoke through Ananias to Paul when he first came to know Jesus. It is also the same message that God speaks to each of us when we come to know Him. First we need to recognize that God has chosen each one of us. We have a calling on our lives that needs answered.
In the book of Romans it says, “For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. And these He predestined, He also called;” and it continues on from there (Romans 8:29-30). What I want you to see is that it begins with those God foreknew and continues on to say that we are called. Who did God foreknow? Since God knows all and is the Creator we can also rest assured that He knew each one of us before we were born. So again I ask, who did God foreknow? You and me and everyone else.
So as we see the progression we know that we are called. And to proceed on we can see that God wants you to know His will. Romans 12:2 says “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - His good, perfect and pleasing will.” And through the Holy Spirit we will be able to see Jesus and hear the Words from His mouth just as Paul did. We also have the Bile as our guide.
Now for the last part of this message to Paul. “You will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.” Jesus has called us, as His disciples, to be witnesses to the world. This doesn't necessarily mean leaving all that you are doing, it means being a witness wherever you find yourself. There are people all around you; at work; at school; your neighborhood. God has called you to the people that you come in contact with. We must answer His call and be a witness and testify to all that God has done in our lives.

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