Today’s Reading: Acts 9:26-43
What does it take for us to remain faithful to God?After coming to faith in Christ Saul faced some major challenges. In Acts 9:23 we read “after many days were past, the Jews plotted to kill him.” They plotted to kill him! If that wasn’t enough, even the believers turned their backs on him. In verse 26 we read “when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple.” The unbelieving world tried to kill him and the believers turned their backs on him. What a challenge! Did Saul give up? Did he stop serving? Did Saul turn away? No, not at all! In fact, He write many of the books in our New Testament. You and I may not accomplish such spiritual ventures, but we can be faithful! You and I cannot duplicate Saul’s life but we can duplicate the ingredients.
The first ingredient in staying on track is an encounter with Jesus Christ.
A second ingredient in staying on track is a re-alignment to God’s way. After his encounter with God, Saul was willing to realign his life. He was willing to consider God’s will. When God secured Saul’s attention, Saul added a new word to his vocabulary. The word was “Lord.” For Saul this realignment was radical. Notice verse 21. “All who heard were amazed, and said, ‘Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?” His personality was completely changed.
A third ingredient in staying on track is a sense calling (verse 15). God had chosen Saul to be a missionary. The call to service radically affected Saul’s life. God has a call for every Christian. God wants each of us to serve Him.