When Saul became Paul in Acts 9 he stepped into a new life and into God's call.
God told Ananias, who wasn't so sure about Paul's genuineness, to help him into
his ministry as a chosen vessel.
Later when Paul describes his life as a chosen vessel in Philippians 4 we understand
that God had called him to be used in the dust of the earth,
not just to be displayed on a pedestal.
He tells that he has learned to be content in whatever state he was.
“I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things
I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”
He didn’t learn to be content when being a Pharisee. He learned it when he was hungry
in God’s plan as a chosen vessel.
We have been chosen for the privileges of God’s peace and encouragement and
for hard work and pain.
It is so natural and so easy to reject this call.
When we agree with it, we taste heaven on earth.
Once you’ve tasted it, your life is no more the same.
Dust looses it's attraction.