How To Discover Your Calling
Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia, and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had fulfilled. And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. And they remained no little time with the disciples — Acts 14:24-28
This section of the text by Luke is a very short summary of Paul and Barnabas's journey through a very mountainous region of Lycaonia, Pisidia, and Pamphylia. Essentially they stop off at a few small towns and then set sail for home to the church that had sent them.
Not much is said about this here, but I am sure Pauls told some great stories. Keep in mind that communication and travel did not work like today, so the Church at Antioch probably did not know much about the events and challenges of their journeys. And I bet Paul looked a little different after the makeover he got in Lystra.
But notice the theme that comes from the experiences. That God "had opened a door of faith to Gentiles."
You know, sometimes God writes an amazing story in our obedience. We take one step. And another. And another. And then he reveals the mission along the way. And while so many individuals, businesses, and churches try with great effort to predetermine a mission with a specific strategy and goals, sometimes God will hijack these plans to show us a much better plan. His plan. And to some degree, this is what Paul and Barnabas discover. They discover God's bigger plan. Redemption not only for Jews but also for all people, even those far off — the Gentiles. And this becomes the focal point of Paul's ministry. Paul says this in Romans 11:13-14:
Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. — Romans 11:13-14.
So are you looking for your meaning, purpose, and calling in this life? Well, then be obedient. And in daily obedience, pay attention. God will reveal it. But once he does, expect it to be both fulfilling and, at the same time, the greatest challenge of your life.
ASK THIS: What act of obedience do you need to take today? (Share below.)
DO THIS: Be obedient and let Him reveal. And then occasionally look back at what God has done.
PRAY THIS: God, show me my meaning, purpose, and calling.
PLAY THIS: How He Loves Us.
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