Obedience

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Acts 13:1-5

The Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. (vv. 2-3)

Saul had been a believer for about twelve years. He had spent time in Arabia, Tarsus, and Antioch of Syria. For most of that time we do not know precisely what he was doing, though this series of devotions has examined the Scriptures for clues.

Saul had been living in the shadows, as it were – especially of Barnabas. But during that time God had been preparing Saul’s heart to become the greatest missionary of the apostolic age, indeed, of all time. The time had now come for him to begin doing what God had planned for him before he was born.

One day during a prayer meeting, the Holy Spirit revealed that he wanted Saul and Barnabas to start evangelizing the Gentile world; that was the work to which he had called them. The Holy Spirit often reveals his will during prayer. And Saul was obedient to that will for his life.

Discovering God’s will for your life is not easy. But one thing is certain: it will never contradict your life experiences. Instead, it builds on them. And God opens the doors for you to walk through. All he asks for is obedience; he supplies the rest.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, help me to be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit and obedient to your calling in my life. Amen.