Open Their Eyes
Today's verse: "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 of me and what I will show you. 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)
Paul's experience meeting Jesus was so life-changing, it was also name-changing.
In this passage from Acts, Paul talks about the instructions he received from Jesus on the road to Damascus - the day he went from being a Christian-hating Saul to a Christ-following Paul.
Jesus commanded Paul to be a witness to the Gentiles - people who do not know Jesus. "I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light..."
If you think about it, there's something a little strange about Jesus' command. Read the story again in Acts 9:1-7. A light from heaven flashed around him, Paul fell to the ground, he heard a voice. What happened when he stood up?
What a strange and impossible command, to tell a blind man that he will open eyes and turn people from darkness to light! How impossible is that?!
Have you ever been asked to do something so difficult that it seems impossible? God calls us all to do exactly that - to share the Gospel with the world.
Imagine how Paul might have felt about the assignment God gave him. "The Gentiles are different from me, I can't eat their unclean food, the worship idols, and they are SO MANY! Impossible!
Fortunately Paul was not alone. God also made arrangements for others to help him. He called Ananias to take away the blindness; he called Barnabas to introduce him to the other disciples.
When God puts an impossible challenge in front of us, he also introduces us to a lot of other believers who are working together. Who were some of of these fellow workers that you met on your India tour?
One last thing... God never let Paul retire. His calling was not a short term mission - it was for life. Paul brought the gospel to Rome, but it took another 300 years before the Roman Empire turned to follow Christ.
India is a big, almost impossible challenge. How has God called you 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 Jesus Christ? (Acts 26:16-18)