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Morning Message of Motivation

Apostolic Patience: 31
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Apostle Paul suffered more than all the other apostles of his day. Jesus asked Ananias to go and minister to Saul who became known as Paul.
Acts 9:11 NKJV
“So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.”

Saul had seen Ananias in a vision and heard his name as well.
Acts 9:12 NKJV
“And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”

Ananias initially argued with the Lord, because he had heard of Saul’s murderous persecution.
Acts 9:13 NKJV
“Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.”

Jesus however rebuked Ananias and commanded him to go and minister to Saul, for he was a chosen vessel.
Acts 9:15-16 NKJV
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”

Paul felt unworthy of the title of “Apostle.”
1 Corinthians 15:9 NKJV
“For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.”

Jesus Christ however chose Paul to labour to the extreme for the gospel.
1 Corinthians 15:10 NKJV
“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

He worked more than all the apostles and he endured more hardships than all other apostles, yet he was humble.

May you be a chosen vessel unto honour. May you have grace to serve almighty God with excellence, in Jesus’s name.

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