Acts 9:15 says, “But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way; for he is a chosen vessel unto me…” One of the greatest feelings in life is the feeling of being chosen. I can still remember as a youngster lining up on the playground or in gym class and being chosen for a certain game. Later on in high school and college I tried out for various athletic teams and I was chosen to make the cut. After I graduated from college I was chosen by my Pastor to come on staff at my home church. Around the same time I asked my now wife, to marry me and she chose to say yes. Those are just a few times in my life when I was chosen, and yet they pale in comparison to what I am about to say next.
In my Bible, the above verse is in red, indicating that these are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is speaking to a man by the name of Ananias about another man, Saul. Saul would later be renamed the Apostle Paul and at this point in his life, he has just become a Christian. Prior to his salvation, he was monstrous individual. He hated the followers of Jesus and actually made it his mission to exterminate all Christians. Yet one day, as he was on his way to Damascus to arrest more Christians, the Lord arrested him. He got saved and the Lord radically changed his life. In order to help him in his new found faith, God instructed Ananias to go and minister to him. Ananias responded the way that we would most likely respond in this situation. He said, Lord, but this man is a notorious murderer and persecutor of the church. Are you sure, that he is the right one? The Lord responded with the words above, “Go they way, for he is a chosen vessel, unto me.” Did you get that? Do you realize the significance of that? Jesus chose Saul. No one else would have chose him, but Jesus did.
You see the Lord does not see the way that man sees. There are no hopeless individuals or lost causes with Christ. He chooses differently than we do. We look for the brightest and the best and that is who we want on our team, but Jesus often chooses the outcasts, the poor, and the forsaken to be on his team. I am grateful for every person that thought enough of me to choose me at some point in my life. It made me feel important, accepted, and gave me a sense of self-worth. But the I cannot understand why in the world, Jesus would choose to love me enough to come to this earth and die on the cross for my sin. I cannot comprehend why he would pick me. I cannot understand why he would then choose me to be his servant and to be used in his divine plan. I am nobody. Yet he chooses and uses nobodies. What a wonderful Savior!