The elect of God is not usually selected by popular demand. The voice of the people is seldom heard because we usually don’t voice our opinions in public. God calls and remove our leaders at will by Devine wisdom. There lived a soldier named Saul elected by God to be became the greatest influence of God to the elect of God. Saul was a soldier in the Roman’s army whose name was changed to Paul the apostle in the army of the resurrected Jesus. Jesus had already fulfilled His own personal missions as Christ to the world.
To be a soldier, one has to be recruited by someone who has served the interest of the country. Someone who is a citizen committed to their country. The same for Christians elected to serve in the army of God. Saul was such a man, elected by God for his dedication to eradicate the enemy as he understood them to be, even Jesus Christ Himself, until he had a personal encounter with the risen Son of God.
⁃ “And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus, whom thou persecutest.”
⁃ The Acts 9:5
⁃ “But the men who were travelling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but beholding no one.”
⁃ The Acts 9:7
Even today, the personal presence of the Lord is blinding to our natural eyes. We hear and not see; scales if you will, that hide the way of the Lord. Saul was blinded by the light of the Lord, and got his name changed to Paul, commemorating his conversion and baptism by the hand of a reluctant but obedient prophet named Ananias.
“And Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard from many concerning this man how much evil he has done to thy saints at Jerusalem”.
The Acts 9J13
⁃ “And Saul rose up from the earth, and his eyes being opened he saw no one. But leading him by the hand they brought him into Damascus.” Acts 9J8
• “And straightway there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he saw, and rising up was baptised; Acts 9J18
After three days fasting, Saul met with Ananias and was baptized in the Holy Spirit, and was elected to lead nations and Kings, and the sons of Israel in the way of Christ.
“And the Lord said to him, Go, for this man is an elect vessel to me, to bear my name before both nations and kings and the sons of Israel”.
A personal encounter with Jesus is no less frightening today than it was for Paul. Like a soldierʼs first day in boot camp, who left his home, boarded the bus, all excited to travel the world, but then realizes he is all alone with The all mighty drill
Sargent. Yes sir, no sir, says a soldier made ready for battle. No more snakes and apples with rose colored glasses in this garden of Eden.
The preacher points his finger into the congregation and with his other he raised the holy bible over his head. With the raspy voice of a blues singer he brought the house down with an altar. People came running from all sides crying and praying Lord Jesus save me. Except for that one whoʼs heart rate is twice as fast as the drummers role. Indecisive to answer the call it gets easier to close his eyes to the light of the Lord and look the other way.
Reminds me of the time Jesus recognizes the one who will sell him out as the others ask, Lord is it I.