Rise and Stand

Originally published Tuesday, 23 June 2015.

In Acts 26, we hear the story of Paul’s conversion. After God knocked him to the ground, He gives a command.

“But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.”

Acts 26:16

For me, this verse is one of great promise. Let’s face it, sometimes we all need a good “kick in the pants.” We have to be told, “Rise and stand on your feet.”

Paul was commanded to get his act together and start doing what he was born to do: minister in the name of the One and Only King of Kings.

Not long ago, I communicated that we are all called to ministry. Each of us, in our own way, are called to minister in love, kindness, and compassion. We don’t have to go to third world countries, or be part of specific church ministry teams, in order to follow through with our mission here. For some of us, we are meant to open our homes and serve a meal, babysit for a friend so she has some time to herself, love someone that might be a little difficult to love.

We have ministries to fulfill in our very own homes that begin with the way we love our spouses and parent our children. God has something beautiful and rewarding for each of us. We usually don’t have to look very far to find it.

Today, I want to encourage you with this… Rise and stand on your feet.

Friends, those are beautifully spoken words straight from the mouth of Jesus. It only takes one act of obedience to begin our journey of love here on earth. You see, that’s what ministry really is, a journey of love in the name of Christ.

So, friend, rise and stand today. Just be willing and obedient.

My grandmother used to have a saying. After she told us something simple that needed done, she would say, “That’s it and that’s all!”

Rise and stand on your feet… that’s it and that’s all!

There are good things ahead for you! The promises of God are awaiting!

“If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land…”

Isaiah 1:19