‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ Acts 26:16-18 (NIV)
Passage: Acts 26:1-18
The complete passage referenced above provides us with some helpful information about Paul’s background. He was zealous against the Lord’s people until he had an encounter with Jesus while on his way to Damascus. Jesus had plans and a purpose for Paul. In the Scripture verses above, we see that Jesus appointed Paul to be a servant of the people and a witness for Christ. After that encounter with Jesus, Paul became zealous for Jesus. As we study the Bible, we learn that God has a purpose and a plan for each of us. May we also get up, stand on our feet, and assume our place and purpose within the body of Christ. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.