15 “‘Who are you, lord?’ I asked. “And the Lord replied, ‘I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting.16 Now get to your feet! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and witness. You are to tell the world what you have seen and what I will show you in the future.17 And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles 18 to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’ Acts 26:15-18
Yes, I let three days go by before I blogged on this major chunk of Acts. This is the continued story of the Apostles spreading the light throughout the known world. This is focused on Paul’s ministry specifically. There is a common running theme that goes through the book of Acts and I made mention of it in the last blog, that Paul started out trying to douse the light. He then was knocked from his horse by Jesus and started to spread the light all over the place. He was a super Apostle. What made him super was not his personality, it was God using his personality through the Holy Spirit that made him so powerful. Now in these last few chapters we see him imprisoned and in chains. What seems like a mistake when he appeals to Rome is not really a mistake, but God’s perfect plan being put into action.
Our plans are not God’s plan, neither are our ways. God is so outside of the box that it’s mind boggling. If you think about it, Paul was put into chains for one reason and one reason only; to spread the light even further, to all generations. It’s so cool, God’s plan for this man was to take him from being a persecutor of the early church, to spreader of the church, to writer of most of the Bible. We read his letters all the time and glean knowledge of how to live like Christ and how to make Him Lord of our lives. Without Paul being in prison he never would have been able to write the letters he did to the early church. It gives me comfort to know God has something amazing planned for all of us. We may think we know what our dream is, but it may be something completely different than what we envision from our own human perspective. You never know that what seems like a wrong turn can turn out to be the biggest and best thing that you have ever been a part of. God can take your mistakes and turn them into a major victory and ministry. His plans are always good and most defiantly not ours.