When God set Saul apart and called him (now Paul) to be a minister of the gospel, the clarity of that call did not come all at his conversion. It grew over time. The last time he recounts his conversion to King Agrippa, he tells it different than the two times before. The Lord said to Paul "I am sending you to open their eyes (the Gentiles), so that 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" (Acts 26:17-18). WHAT A PURPOSE TO LIVE FOR!
I believe that Paul's dramatic conversion had much to do with how he understood his call to preach the gospel to those in darkness. We don't need to have the same type of conversion to gain the passion Paul had. "Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated...strangers...having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ" (Ephesians 2:12-13). This truth works in us to cause a deeper response to "GO" (Mt. 28:19). To carry the gospel to the unengaged or unreached is not the result of human skill or education, it is "the gift of God's grace which was given to me (us) by the working of HIS power" (3:7).
Is your passion for carrying the gospel to the unengaged or unreached growing? We invite your comments or statements of what God is doing in your life.