“And this is the secret plan: The Gentiles have an equal share with the Jews in all the riches inherited by God’s children. Both groups have believed the Good News, and both are pare of the same body and enjoy together the promise of blessings through Christ Jesus. By God’s special favour and mighty power, I have been given the wonderful privilege of serving Him by spreading this Good News.
Just think! Though I did nothing to deserve it, and though I am the least deserving Christian there is, I was chosen for this special joy of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. I was chosen to explain to everyone this plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.”
Knowing that Paul is imprisoned, isn’t it amazing the attitude Paul has? Despite his circumstances, he is not defeated! In fact he sees it a privilege to serve Jesus, despite the cost to himself, and to his freedom. His words sound like the words of a man who is completely free!
Question: How do you feel about yourself? Do you feel small? Insignificant? Stupid? Not good enough? Everyone else is better than you, cleverer than you, more attractive than you, has more confidence than you, seems more able than you, always picked before you? If you were in a line up to be picked for a team, you would be the last to be chosen? Is this you? Do you feel un-loved? Pitied? Under valued? Misunderstood? Is that you? Do you feel guilty, undeserving, the worst of the worst? Is that you?
You are not alone, even Paul says in verse 8, ” though I did nothing to deserve it, and though I am the least deserving Christian…. I was chosen”. God does not look at what YOU can do, HE looks at what HE CAN DO IN YOU! HALLELUJAH ! He can do anything in you if you are willing to be used. Before Jesus came into Paul’s life he would never have taken the journey he did, and he knew it. When he came face to face with the risen Lord Jesus on the road to Damascus,(Acts 9:1-12) and placed his life completely into the hands of Jesus from that moment on, it changed Paul’s destiny. His life took on the plans of Jesus, rather than the plans he once had for himself. He now lived a life that God had mapped out for him way before he was borne, all Paul had to do was choose, to go the way of Christ, or not. Just think if he had rejected Jesus that day on that road to Damascus, we today would not be reading about him, he would be a stranger to us.
Question: Will you let Jesus take complete control of you? Are you brave enough to give up your hopes and plans, and go on the adventure Christ has for you? Are you brave? Do you trust Him, that He has the best plans for you. (Jeremiah 29:11).
Are you prepared through prayer, to consult The Lord before you make decisions for your life? If yes, welcome to the adventure!
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