Acts 13:2-3 NIV 2011
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
At the church in Antioch, Barnabas and Saul were chosen to take the Gospel to the Gentiles. The Holy Spirit spoke God’s plan to all gathered just as he did to Philip. Acts 8:29, “The Spirit told Philip, ‘Go to that chariot and stay near it.’” God chose them not because of their innate abilities but rather the empowering of the Holy Spirit dwelling within them. There was prayer not a planning session before sending them off. The Holy Spirit’s filling empowered them to go and serve. God calls His servants through the power of the Holy Spirit.
After years of wandering around aimlessly, I recommitted my life to Christ. Since then I’ve learned to listen when prompted by the Holy Spirit. I will admit I’ve never heard a voice speaking to me, but I have felt His presence when making tough decisions. When my daily routine takes an unplanned detour, the Holy Spirit prompts me to pray for guidance. Reading about all Paul did after His call humbles me to the core. As God’s servant, I’m called to rely on the Holy Spirit’s power.
Where have you seen the Holy Spirit at work in your life?
His called servants,