Paul was man of drive, focus, and unbridled passion; all which was used for evil before He met the risen Jesus. As a man, then named Saul, he had an encounter with the promised Messiah and was from that moment forever changed. Yet Paul didn’t cease to be that man of laser-like determination and conviction; it was the object of how he used his gifts that changed.
From seeking to destroy those of “The Way” to becoming wholeheartedly devoted to the God of that way, Paul was a persister at it’s finest and a man God used mightily for His glory.
We too can become and unstoppable force for the Kingdom of God. What we typically lack is direction.
Unfortunately, the modern-day church has made it difficult to know what our ultimate goal is. Too often being a Christian is equal to being a good moral person who goes to church — and I’m not even sure what the goal is that they’re shooting for.
But Paul, man he KNEW where he was headed in life! He knew why existed and with every breath he moved toward his goal.
Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me,though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, (Ephesians 3:7-9, ESV)
Paul knew why he existed — to preach the riches of Christ and bring to light the great and gracious plan of God.
You may not feel like you have specific calling on your life, but you do. If you are a child of God then the goal of your life is to glorify Christ with every breath that you breath.
It is certainly a daunting task, but it is not one we do alone. Just as Saul received the Holy Spirit after his encounter with Jesus on that dusty road 2000 years ago, we too have the enabling power of God’s spirit within us.
We don’t lack the power, we lack a focused direction.
Where are you headed today? Does it involve a desire for the glory of God and the spreading of the message of His grace? What are the distractions that keep you from using how God has made you for His glory?