Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 28, 2019

“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 13:1-3.

“Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers:  Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.  While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”  Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.”  Acts 13:1-3.

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“11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken;  truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.”  Isaiah 46:9-11.

There are all kinds of different ministries.  And yet, we focus on the big mission trips and almost ignore the quiet and “behind the scenes” work of so many others.

The people being sent are not more important than the God Who sends them.  And yet, we focus on the qualities of the people being sent.

The process of sending them out is not more important than the work God will do in the people being sent.  And yet, we focus on the process of the laying of hands, the fasting, and the praying.

Reformed Doctrine leads us to honor all the ministries. 

“And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.  There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.”  1 Corinthians 12:5.

“And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”;  or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”  On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary;  and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, whereas our more presentable members have no need of it.”  1 Corinthians 12:21-24.

Reformed Doctrine leads us to remember that God is the One Who has chosen, called, and set apart Barnabas and Saul and all others that He uses for His work.

“But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel;”  Acts 9:15.

Reformed Doctrine leads us to remember that God is the One Who does the work.

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.

Article 9.  … election is the fountain of every saving good;  from which proceed faith, holiness, and the other gifts of salvation, and finally eternal life itself, as its fruits and effects, according to that of the apostle:  “He hath chosen us (not because we were) but that we should be holy, and without blame, before him in love,”  Ephesians 1:4.  FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination of Canons of Dordt.

“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.”  John 15:16.


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