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The Calling of God 1. Acts 26:13-17
In relating his personal testimony to King Agrippa, Paul says, "At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them who journeyed with me. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me? It is hard for thee to kick against the goads." In order to keep an ox from kicking while he was being steered in the right direction, pointed goads (or thorns) were put right up against the heels of the ox. So if the ox kicked, the goads caused great pain. Eventually, the ox learned not to kick. The Lord, then, was saying to Paul, "It's hard for you to fight against Me, to resist Me, to kick against Me."
Continuing on in verse 15, Paul says, "And I said, Who art Thou, Lord? And He said, I am Jesus, whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet; for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in which I will appear unto thee; delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee." Now, that's a strong statement, isn't it? The Lord says, "Paul, I have chosen you to go to the Gentiles. You are now hereby made a minister."
The Lord makes ministers. His ministers are those who are called. He did it throughout the Old Testament. Read the stories of the prophets. There weren't any self-styled, self- appointed prophets. They were all called of God.