Father, make a difference in my heart that’s daily evident in my life.
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“Then he said: ‘The God of our fathers has CHOSEN you to KNOW His will and to SEE the Righteous One and to HEAR words from His mouth. You will BE HIS WITNESS to all men of what you have seen and heard. And now what are you waiting for? Get up be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on His name.'” (v 14-16 NIV)
You let Paul know through Ananias’ words that You had chosen him for a particular purpose in Your kingdom. Not until later did You reveal more of Your will for Paul’s life in You, but he could know that You’d had him on Your mind and had woven him into Your purposes.
Through Your Word, You’ve let me know much the same affirmations as You did to Paul. You even used his pen to write them out so long ago so that I could read them: “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight … In Him we were also chosen … in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory.” (Eph 1:4, 11-12 NIV).
Thank You for choosing me, Lord. Thank You for making it possible for me to know Your will. Thank You for allowing me to see You — in Your Word, in Your people, in Your creation. Thank You for allowing me to hear Your words by reading the Bible and listening to Your Spirit. You just keep right on shaping me to be more like Jesus. Amen.