Acts 22:14 – And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.
In our Text for Today, there can be no doubt that the Lord was speaking directly to Saul (Paul the Apostle). It was a rhema word given directly to him from the Father through Ananias. When such a word is given to someone, it is a powerful thing, indeed. I am sure many who read this have had a time, if not times in your life, when the Lord has spoken to you such a word. It may have been given directly to you by Holy Spirit, or it could have come to you as a word of wisdom as it did Saul, that God has called you to a specific purpose, ministry, and calling. Words that come to you in that manner are rhema words; that is a word directly from the Lord specifically for you.
But we must never forget the logos Word of God. That is the written Word of God given to us by which we may all profit. We should also understand, that though the logos is the written word of God to every believer, there are times when that written word of God can indeed become a rhema word into the life of believer. When Holy Spirit awakens the truth of God’s word to an individual believer for a specific purpose and time, that logos word has, in fact, become a rhema word for that person. It is to that end that I write this today.
Paul was indeed chosen by God for a specific purpose. But I want you to consider the words of Jesus in John 15:16. Jesus said He has chosen us. While the word in our Text for Today and in the John passage are different words, the John passage being more general, both speak to the issue of being deliberately chosen. In the Acts passage, the purpose of the choosing was made quite clear. In John, the purpose is not. But every believer has the right, and should fully expect, to be led by Holy Spirit so he can come to a clear understanding of what God has called you to do in this life, and how He has equipped you for the service to which you are called.
You may not be chosen to become an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, or teacher, but you have been chosen. Regardless of the specific purpose to which the Lord has or will call you, you are chosen, and that broader issue of choosing is out of love for you. God loves you, and for that reason, He has chosen you to be abundantly fruitful, regardless of your specific work. I say it again; YOU ARE CHOSEN!
Manna for Today – Acts 22:1-21; John 15:16