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Daily Devotion | Ulf Ekman



To the Gentiles

Then He said to me, “Depart, for I will send you far from here to the Gentiles.”
Acts 22:21
After his conversion Paul returned to the temple, where he thought he would be warmly received. Everyone knew that he had been present at the stoning of Stephan. But Jesus had other plans. Jesus knows where our gifts are best suited. He knows where people are ready to receive and where there is resistance. He knows where there is potential for fruit, and He wants us to go out and bear fruit that lasts.

Jesus said to Paul, “Depart, for I will send you far from here to the Gentiles.” Peter had opened the door to the Gentiles, but Paul would become the apostle to the Gentiles. He, a learned Pharisee, familiar with both the law and the chief priests, was sent to the Roman soldiers, the philosophers in Athens, the harlots in Corinth and the idol worshippers at Ephesus.

Peter, on the other hand, the unschooled fisherman from Galilee, was sent to Jerusalem, the stronghold of the religious elite. Jesus knows what He is doing. He does not waste gifts; He knows in which milieu our gifts will be best used. He knows in which milieu we do not trust in our own gifts, talents, abilities and past experience but have to rely on God in order to succeed. Paul had the inner conviction, strength, and passion to break through walls that hindered the gospel from becoming established in the Roman Empire.

He was called to turn Rome upside down, and Jesus promised he would preach before Caesar. Several hundred years later, Rome no longer existed, but the gospel had spread to the entire world. Imagine if Paul had refused to go, opting instead to pursue some convenient little plan of his own.


Thank You, Lord! When You say, “Go!” my obedience results in great joy. It matters not where you send me; Your will is my home and my security. In Jesus’ name. Amen.