The power of serving.
Acts 26: 18 “I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”
Paul had been appointed to be a servant. What does that servant do?
Reading this verse we immediately recognise Isaiah 42:6 “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, 7 to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”
This is prophecy of the Servant Jesus and the call for all of us whose purpose is to serve.
Only the brave can serve like this. Paul says how he was called to turn people from the power of Satan. This is a battle against evil and deception. It is going into that battle not with all guns blazing using techniques of the world and shouting orders, taking command. No. It is taking a towel and a basin of water to serve and find a way to:
- Let people see it doesn’t have to be all gloom there is another way.
- Let people see that they don’t have to remain with feelings of guilt.
- Let people see that they don’t have to be outside the group of acceptance.
Gloom, guilt and group acceptance are still the continued attacks of the enemy on those outside and inside the Church.
Paul was purposed to battle against those things by serving. So are we.