Tag Archives: Apostle Paul

GETTING BACK ON TRACK

Getting Back on Track        

Read Acts 22:12–16

Paul was a religious zealot. He believed it was his calling to find fault with Christians. He sought them out and watched their every move, looking for any reason to impeach their testimony or accuse them in front of the congregation. Paul believed he had God’s blessing. He did not.

Occasionally, churches will have someone like Paul in their ranks. These individuals usually hinder the ministry instead of helping it. God loves them, but wants these people to change. If necessary, He will arrange for an encounter with the living Christ and suggest a different calling.

You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name (Acts 22:15, 16).

After the Damascus road experience, Paul was baptized in water to exemplify his new commitment to Christ. His sins, including his self-righteous attitude, were washed away. Now he had a better calling. Paul is our example: It’s time to get up, be baptized, and share our faith with a lost world.

Thought for Today: God has a special calling for everyone.

—Charles Earl Harrel

“Pray that God would secure the peace of Jerusalem.”

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The High Call of Writing

Writing-1The Apostle Paul desired to be “all things to all people by all means” because he wanted to win the more: to reach more people for Christ and make an eternal difference for humanity (see 1 Corinthians 9:19–22). Although his efforts as a teacher, evangelist, and missionary were commendable—even miraculous—it was through the medium of writing that Paul truly succeeded in this endeavor.

Too often, we limit the methods or ways we share our faith. Not Paul, he wanted to use all available means. Not to be some things to some people, but to be all things to all people. This task would not be an easy one, but Paul felt it was possible with a servant’s heart. That’s where his writing came in. Using pastoral letters called epistles, he impacted the world . . . and he still does today.

“Even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:33–11:1 NIV).

May God lead us as we follow Paul’s example in servitude and Christ’s example at the Cross—a high call indeed.