Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. (Acts 13:1-3, Holy Bible, New King James)
Jesus chose the twelve disciples, seemingly at random as he walked along the seashore and familiar places around Jerusalem. Jesus taught them to reach out to others. In this scene more than 30 years later, Antioch Christians about 300 miles from Jerusalem were serious about spreading the gospel. Five men considered prophets and teachers gathered in prayer and fasting. Some would serve the local congregation, but others would branch out in missionary work. Who would go? Barnabas and Saul were chosen.
If you’re serious about working for God, whether local or far away, pray until He shows you where you have been chosen to serve.
Prayer: Lord, let Your will be first in my life so I may serve where I have been chosen. Amen.
Devotion by Violet Carr Moore