Thought For Today June 17, 2018 : Topic - Would You Begin if You Knew the Cost?

Thought For Today June 17, 2018: Topic - Would You Begin if You Knew the Cost?



Would You Begin if You Knew the Cost?

Acts 9:15b-16

"...to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name."

Thoughts for Today:

Previously Ananias had asked the Lord to clarify His instruction. Now the Lord was giving him a glimpse of what was in store for Saul. Saul was "to carry my name before," which means he was to preach -- first to the Gentiles, next to their kings, and lastly to the people of Israel. As we know, Saul (who soon will change his name to Paul), struggled with the sequence of this direction throughout his ministry. He wanted to start with the Jews first (his people), and he always suffered the consequences as a result.

Paul (Saul) is one of my favorite authors/characters of the New Testament. Perhaps it is because he was so human. Before his conversion Paul was doing completely the wrong thing by persecuting Christians. Following his conversion he was trying to do ministry in his own way (what he wanted to do rather than what God wanted him to do) by preaching to the Jews rather than the Gentiles. As a writer, one of Paul's finest moments was his eloquent description in Romans 7:18-24 of the same feelings of frustration that I have with my own sinful nature. Paul had trouble getting it right, so I can really relate to him.

As you can tell I am a big Paul fan because he possessed many fine qualities. However, the one that I admire the most was his courage. The Lord said "I will show him how much he must suffer for my name," yet Paul began his ministry and served the Lord regardless and with full knowledge of the consequences of that service.

Questions to Ponder:

Would you willingly pursue a course that you knew would lead to hardship and trouble? What are some current examples of how you have suffered for the Lord? If you don't have any examples, why? Is it because you have been unwilling to step out and serve? Have you or would you back down in the face of adversity that comes as a result our your doing what God has told you to do? How is the Lord speaking to you in Paul's example of courage and trust?
Thought For Today June 17, 2018 : Topic - Would You Begin if You Knew the Cost? Thought For Today June 17, 2018 : Topic - Would You Begin if You Knew the Cost? Reviewed by Abodunrin Muyiwa (Muyilight) on June 17, 2018 Rating: 5

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