“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” 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.” Acts 9:13-15
Think back to elementary school. More specifically, think about a time when you were sitting at your desk and the teacher asked a question you didn’t want to answer. We’ve all been there. You probably sat stone still and did your best to avoid making eye contact while attempting to appear lost in thought. All the while, in your head, you frantically repeated, “Don’t pick me, don’t pick me, anybody but me.” Now didn’t it feel like almost every time you went through this routine, no matter how many other students would have their hand up, the teacher would call on you? It was practically inevitable!
Well, I have some news for you: God takes the same approach your teacher did when He calls people to further His Kingdom. All throughout the Bible, God calls the most unlikely of people to do some of the most incredible things. The Lord chose Moses to be His mouthpiece to the Israelites while in Egyptian captivity despite Moses having a speech impediment. He picked Matthew to be one of the disciples despite Matthew being a tax collector, which made him lower than low in the minds of the Jewish people. And in today’s scripture passage, we see God calling Saul, an infamous persecutor of Christians, to be an apostle and share the Good News of Christ’s resurrection with all who would hear it.
These stories are not only meant to display the mercy and power of God, but they are meant to inspire us as Christians to know if we submit to God’s calling, our past actions will not prevent us from accomplishing great things in His name. None of us are disqualified from being God’s humble servant. So, if you are thinking there’s no way God could use you to further His kingdom, realize that you’re exactly who He’s looking for. Embrace the challenge He presents to you and find joy in His calling.
By Andrew Pryor