The other night, during Bible study, we had an incredibly, beautiful, epiphany moment, where God dropped a wonderful nugget from His Word straight into our souls. We were reading from the book of Acts and the Lord showed us something that had always been there, but now seemed to just fly off the page. A few simple words took on a much deeper and more profound meaning than ever before, even though this was something we had read many times in the past. As we read “…for he is a chosen instrument of mine…” (Acts 9:15) a very interesting conversation sprang up.
Have you ever thought about an instrument or how it operates? In order for it to work, someone has to blow into it, strum or pull something across the strings, press the keys, etc. It will not do what it was created to do by itself. Depending on how an instrument is played will determine what kind of sounds come from it and the kind of music it creates. Even though all instruments have the same purpose, they are not played exactly the same way and don’t sound the same. Each one has its own unique tone and sound. But although they are different, each one is capable of producing beautiful music. Individually, the music can be exciting and wonderful, but when you bring all the different kinds of instruments together, playing in perfect harmony and in one accord, they can make up the most spectacular orchestra and produce amazing and unbelievable symphonies.
This is where our thoughts went when we read this verse. In Acts chapter 9, the Lord is telling Ananias to go and heal Paul’s eyes and explaining how He intends to use him in the future. Verse 15 says “… ‘Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine to carry My Name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.’” When Jesus met Paul on the Damascus Road, his life was forever changed and he became a chosen instrument that the Lord would use in a very specific way to proclaim the Gospel to the Gentiles and to make the name of Jesus known throughout the nations.
If you are a follower of Christ, you are also a chosen instrument of God. You may not be the same kind of instrument as Paul of Tarsus, and the Lord will not use you the exact same way He used him, but you are chosen all the same and have the same purpose…to glorify God, to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to make His Name known throughout the nations. Each of us is a distinctive instrument, created to produce our own unique sound for God’s glory and gifted in specific ways, according to God’s will and purpose, so that we may magnify His Holy Name wherever He has planted us. If we were all trumpets or guitars or clarinets, this world would be a very boring and bland place. But in the Lord’s sovereignty, He has created each of us special and diverse so that no two people are exactly the same. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, according to His perfect plan, so that we can reflect His heart and character to the world around us. As we come together, in all our uniqueness and difference, one body, joined in harmony and working together in one accord for the single purpose of being the hands and feet of Christ, we become a beautiful symphony that displays the majesty and glory of God to mankind in such a way that the lost are pointed to the wonders of our Creator. Apart from Christ we cannot fully become all that He designed us to be, but in His Sovereign hands, we will fulfill the purpose for which we were created for.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9