07/03/19 – Acts 21:37-22:16; Psalm 1:1-6; Proverbs 18:11-12
First, I am sure you see that the reading plan is taking us through another reading of the Book of Psalms. It will be interesting to see what new perspectives we gain on this reading of the inspired Word.
Paul is certainly inspired by the Holy Spirit when he teaches and pens his letters. But sometimes I think we may underplay what an earthly “qualified” man he was.
First in verses 37-40 we see that he fluently speaks both Greek and Aramaic/Hebrew. Then in v.3 we see that he was taught by one the renowned educators in the history of Judaism, Gamaliel. And finally we see the dedication (although negative) that he demonstrated in persecuting the church.
But his true nature, his true calling did not begin until he encountered the Lord. This causes me to reflect — how many terrifically skilled people are squandering their talents just because they do not have a mission?
When we are dedicated in allowing the Lord to use us (as did Paul) we will see our talents grow as our skills are used for the utmost purpose – spreading the Gospel of the Lord, Jesus Christ.