But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” (Acts 9:15-16)
Aren’t we all just instruments in God's hand used by God for God's sovereign purposes?
We are the instruments, He is the Author; and the power to accomplish His purposes is in His power alone. Far too often, we fall into the trap of assuming we bring a lot to the dance. We look at our unique gifts and assume they must be the reason God chose us for His work rather than realizing that we possess these unique gifts because God is already using us.
We can do nothing for God without God first doing for us.
If there was any doubt in God's authority to use man as He pleases, the radical conversion of the apostle Paul proves to be a strong defense. The premier persecutor of the Lord's church becomes the most active advocate of the Lord's name the world has ever known.
He who dedicated his life to the death of Jesus' name becomes someone who devotes his life to death for that name.
O‘ Lord, forgive me for ever believing that I possess abilities that You could benefit from and help me realize that I possess these abilities because You have chosen to use me in the first place.
We should be thankful for the privileged position of being an instrument in the hand of God that God wields for the advancement of His Kingdom and glory.
O' Lord, instruct Your instrument on how to suffer troubles, withstand reproaches, and to endure all types of conflicts so that nothing may hinder me from carrying Your name where You would have me carry it.
There is little doubt that the apostle Paul was no common instrument, but neither are we in the power of God's almighty hands.