13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
In these couple of verses we witness the result of Jesus’ redeeming power. Prior to Paul’s conversion, he was actively perusing Christians with the sole purpose to persecute them and even murder them (See yesterday’s devotion). He was even a witness to Stephen’s murder (Acts 7:58). Yet, Christ redeemed Saul and gave him a completely new life. God had a plan and purpose with Paul’s life (v15). No matter your past experience or your past actions, nothing is unredeemable for God. In the same way that God has a plan for Paul, He has one for you – the new you in Christ (Con).
Thoughts for the day
- How is God’s redeeming power at work in your life?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for the nation of China. Pray for China’s leaders and for all those who are in authority. May they call on God for the wisdom to lead this country.