THURSDAY September 7, 2017
A Chosen Instrument
But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.” - >Acts 9:15
God chose Paul to be His instrument and told Ananias to pray for him. Although a theologian, he was a very simple hearted person. Paul worked as a tent maker to make money for his journeys (Acts 18:3). The Scriptures imply that Paul had a family. When he was in jail, his nephew came to visit him: So when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their ambush, he went and entered the barracks and told Paul(Acts 23:16).
Paul, on his second missionary journey, had come to Corinth in the fall of 50 A.D., and founded the Corinthian church. It is a pretty amazing place. As you are coming from Athens, going around to the base, you come to Corinth. Then as you stand there looking up at this big hill, right in front of Corinth, that has been excavated, there is a huge altar called the Bema Seat, where the leaders of the city would make judgment.
There is also the temple of Aphrodite where a thousand prostitutes were living and at night would come down to the city and seduce the men of Corinth. If you stand there looking up, you can really get the picture in your mind of that scene. It was like Sodom and Gomorrah; they were drinking, partying, and having sex.
God will senda pastor, and place him in the community where He wants to reach the people living there. He is God’s instrument. Understand it is God who does the work. Any church that is founded is not my church or another pastor’s church. I will ask pastors, “How much did you pay for your church?” I remind them, “It is the Lord’s Church; He paid for the Church by His own blood.”
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