Acts 22:10 – And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do.
Let’s begin with a very clear understanding. The Scriptures speak to every believer about his general life and service as a believer. The truth of the Word of God is universal. However, there are elements of the life of a believer that are not directly addressed in the Scriptures. The Scriptures set forth the five-fold ministry. But the Scriptures do not set forth who they will be. The Scriptures set forth the laws of reciprocity. But the Scriptures do not set forth how much each person is to give according to the Mark 10 passage; that must be dictated by Holy Spirit. The Scriptures set forth the call for praise and worship. But the Scriptures do not tell us what songs to sing, the instrumentation for them, and now long we are to sing them.
Concerning those things set forth in the Scriptures, obeying them should be easily done. But it is more difficult, requiring time, investment of self, growth, and learning to determine one’s Damascus. Your Damascus is that place where you need to go in order to hear from the Lord His plan for you, your life, and your ministry, as well as being in the right place to hear from the man of God whom the Lord may choose to send into your life. Just as the Lord told Paul to Damascus, for it was there he would hear all he needed to hear about his calling to ministry, so you and I are required by the Lord to be where He wants us so we can hear about our calling to the work we have been assigned.
So, I ask you this question. Where is your Damascus? Where do you need to be to clearly hear from the Lord, and through the servant He has for you about your life’s work in the kingdom of God. You have the general information you need in the Scriptures, and it is an absolutely firm foundation upon which to rest. But what are the details of the Lord to which the Lord desires to lead you. What are the works He has ordained for you to do? Where must you be to hear from the Lord about where to walk to fulfill them? I’m not necessarily speaking about a geographic location, but a spiritual place where you get your eyes off everything around you and listen for the voice of the Lord through any vessel He chooses to speak to you, clearly defining your role and purpose in this life. It’s time to seek Him and His kingdom first.
Manna for Today – Acts 22:1-21; Mark 16:15-20; Exodus 33:21; Ephesians 2:10; Matthew 6:33