Who’s Doing the Choosing

Acts 13:1-5&14:23-27 “Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister . . . And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed. And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia: And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled. And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.”

Text Acts 9:6 “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?”

Having just had a conversion experience with the Lord Jesus Christ, Saul who would be later known as Paul, asked, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do”(Acts 9:6)? Stop reading, dismiss everything from your mind, and ask yourself this question; “Have I ever prayed that prayer?” Have I ever asked God what He wanted to accomplish in and through your life? Most Christians pick a path and ask God to bless it rather than take the blessed path God has chosen for them! In Acts 13:2, God said, “Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” God had a specific task that He wanted to accomplish through the lives of Barnabas and Saul; God’s choice was not because they were servants, but because they were saints! God has a specific task for all of His children and this is true for you! Through their willingness to follow the path God chose for them, they enjoyed good success; the churches were strengthened “when they had ordained them elders in every church” (Acts 14:23) and many came to know Christ as Saviour when “he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles” (Acts 14:27). If you want to enjoy the blessings of God seek out God’s chosen path for your life. “Thus saith the Lord . . . ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls” (Jeremiah 6:16). Who’s doing the choosing; “You’ll never go wrong letting God do the choosing!”