The word of God continued to spread and grow.After Barnabas and Saul completed their relief mission,
they returned to Jerusalem,
taking with them John, who is called Mark.Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers:
Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene,
Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul
for the work to which I have called them.”
Then, completing their fasting and prayer,
they laid hands on them and sent them off.
So they, sent forth by the Holy Spirit,
went down to Seleucia
and from there sailed to Cyprus.
When they arrived in Salamis,
they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues.
We are all set apart by God, we all have work to do, that God has called us for.
But the question is, are we responding? Are we allowing the Holy Spirit to work with in us? Do we allow God to use us?
Barnabas and Saul are no different then you and me, they are just average people; they were not extraordinary people until they allowed the Holy Spirit to work through them.
We all have this ability in us; we all are called by God to do his work, if only we would allow it. All to often we have our own agendas. Do you think Saul told God “Can we do this latter, I have a ballgame to go to today, and then my friends are having a little get together” I really doubt it. Saul let himself by used and guided by God and the Holy Spirit.
The Saints and Doctors of the Church all where just everyday people, but they allowed the Holy Spirit to work in them and through them, we all can learn from this. We all can be servants of God. We all can be used for the good of all, if we allow it to happen.
The question is not, why doesn’t God call me, but rather the question is, why haven’t I responded to Gods call?
So open your heat and soul, and still yourself, and allow the wave of the Holy Spirit to wash over you, then follow your heart, and listen for the soft whisper of God in all you do. But remember that you must always make yourself open to the calling of God and the movement of the Holy Spirit, then you too can be like Saul and sent forth by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Word of God in all you do.