Paul’s calling did not begin until there was a great conversion in his heart. There on the Damascus road, as Paul was traveling, he had a full blown encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ.
“…suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him” (Acts 9:3)
God confronted Paul in an intense, life-changing way. It was there on the Damascus road, where Paul was headed to go and persecute Christians that Jesus met with Him.
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” (vs. 5)
Immediately, Paul was unable to see for three days and his entire purpose for going to Damascus was turned upside-down.
There is something about the call of God that changes a person.
However, until we are ready to be blind before God, we will see with our own strength. It is only when we are leaning into the grace and power of God when we can begin to see and experience our calling. Men and women who see well with their own eyes may lack the influence of God’s fortitude, for their own good ideas might be what is guiding them, instead of the power of God.
What is it to have such an experience of God? For the believer, it is the word of God that is the life-altering force of God’s power that thrusts us into our calling. It is there, submitted to His word, where we can boast in Christ alone. For when we do, God brings forth vision as we walk in personal blindness until He opens our eyes to His calling.
Lord, make me like one of your servants. I want to be the ones who are considered low in the world’s eyes if it means that I might be found worthy in Christ alone. Let not my calling come from my own vision, but Lord, let your vision be my guide. Father, we are puffed up and prideful people. We want to be great in the world’s eyes and in doing so, we often miss parts of our calling that if we would but only submit, we could see the power of God on display. Lord, I want others to see that power in me, but I know that in order for that to happen, I must walk with blinders on until you open my eyes to your vision. Today, Abba, I want to walk by faith and not by sight. Be my vision, Lord Jesus! Amen!