But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way for he is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.
The setting for today's message is Paul's conversion and God sent Ananias to restore Paul's sight. Paul's reputation of persecuting Christians with the blessing of the priest had preceded him. Paul's encounter with Christ changed him from a persecutor to a recruiter for Christ. The Lord was assuring Ananias that Paul was no longer that person persecuting Christians, but now a chosen vessel of Christ who was chosen to carry the gospel to the Gentiles, kings and the children of Israel.
Being a chosen vessel of Christ, Paul and other vessels of Christ do great things in the name of the Lord and for His kingdom. History records the many adversities Paul encountered for proclaiming Christ, but he never waivered in his devotion to Christ and Christ's message.
Believers, we are chosen vessels of Christ who have been commissioned by Christ to proclaim the good news of the gospel the world over. We may encounter difficulties for being a chosen vessel, but Christ through His Spirit is present with us.
Another school of thought on being a chosen vessel of Christ is that all believers were selected and chosen by God from the beginning of time because He knew who would accept His spiritual invitation and then walk in faith doing His will.
As chosen vessels of Christ all believers are lit candles shinning the light of God's glory in a sin darken world.
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