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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.”

God’s Word for Today © 2010 Gospel Publishing House. Used by permission.

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His Hand Extended

Hand Reaching                 His Hand Extended

                 Read Isaiah 6:1–13

After 2 weeks of missionary services at Full Gospel Tabernacle, Chuck knew what to expect. The format never varied. Missionaries greeted the church in a foreign language, talked about their mission, showed slides, handed out prayer cards, took an offering, and preached a message. Each night the same soloist sang the same chorus to the same people; then the service ended. A few stayed to pray but most went home.

However, something unexpected happened on the final night. The soloist began singing, “Oh, to be His hand extended, reaching out to . . .” Suddenly she stopped. Uncontrollable weeping spread throughout the sanctuary. Tears filled each eye. People everywhere were moving to the altars. Chuck hurried to the front too, found one spot left and took it. Then he heard the voice.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8).

Chuck heard a voice that came from within. The voice spoke to others that night as well. God’s call to the harvest manifests itself in different ways, but the message remains the same. His voice calls to you today.

Challenge for Today: Will you be His hand extended?

Quicklook: Isaiah 6:4–10
—Chuck Harrel

God’s Word for Today © 2005 Gospel Publishing House (used by permission)

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