The words of Jesus to Ananias about Saul make us stop and ponder our own calling; “I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of My name” (Acts 9:16). Coming at the beginning of Saul’s call did several things for this new convert:
Paul went to places where suffering was inevitable because he was “constrained by the Spirit” even though he did not know what would happen when he got there, “except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me” (Acts 20:22-23).
There was one reason why warning ahead of time about all his suffering did not divert him from his call. “I do not count my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). The name of Jesus is “the gospel of the grace of God” and that is what mattered.
How strong is your resolve to carry out and complete your calling by God? REMEMBER: It is not your strength that causes you to finish your calling. It is the grace and power of God through the Spirit.
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