There is a common phrase that is used among Christians which is very true, but far too general; “God has a plan for your life.” While every conversion is different, there are unique features about every conversion that we need to remind new disciples of their importance. None of these will be seen or understood unless new birth takes place (John 3:1-8).
With Paul, he knew within hours of conversion why he was saved; “to carry My name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel” (Acts 9:15); “I [Jesus] am sending you to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me” (26:17-18). It is true that Paul grew in understanding God’s purpose for his life, but he captured it at the first.
I am deeply concerned that most of us live at only 10% of what God has planned for us. I am not advocating that we live busier, more crowded lives, and at a feverish pace. NO! Seeking the Holy Spirit’s presence and active control will mean that our spiritual capacity will run at 100% and we will see God work through us in ways we never expected. This type of living means that our energies are placed where God wants them, not where we feel comfortable.
When Paul says that God “was pleased to reveal His Son to me, in order that I might preach Him among the Gentiles” (Galatians 1:16), that purpose guided every waking moment, every decision, and every situation. What is God’s purpose for you? At the age of seven when the Lord rescued my life, I knew in a tiny way that God had called me to serve Him. I will take the motto of William Borden, “NO RESERVE, NO RETREAT, NO REGRETS!”
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