Summary: This messages deals with getting to where God wants you to be vice where you want yourself to be.
Getting To Where God Wants You to Be
Text: Acts 9:1-6; 13-19
1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.
17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
Subject: “Getting To Where God Wants You to Be”
All of us, at whatever stage of life that we’re currently living in, are somewhere. All of us, in our walk with God, in our walk with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in our walk with our counselor, our confidante, and our comforter – the Holy Ghost – are somewhere. All of us who are students, trying to get the best possible education, albeit in elementary school, middle school, high school, junior college, college, or graduate school, are somewhere. All of us, who work for a living and maintain jobs to support or supplement the needs of our families are somewhere. All of us who have been blessed with enough longevity to retire and enjoy the fullness of life are somewhere. All of us, here in the church, in our youthfulness, in our mid-life crisis, or in our golden ages, are somewhere. Everywhere we are is somewhere. Everything we do leads to somewhere. Every time we move, we are moving somewhere. But what you need to know and understand this morning is that not all of us are in the same place, although all of us are somewhere. Am I right about it?
My brothers and sisters, it becomes my sad duty to inform some of you, and I know that some of you already know, that everyplace we are right now, is not necessarily where God wants for us to be. Can I get a witness?
If you are living in a place where alcohol and drugs have become your next best friend, then you are not where God wants for you to be.
If you are lying, cheating, and stealing, then you ought to know that you are not where God wants for you to be.
If you are sleeping around, calling yourself a “playa, playa” – and don’t be fooled, there are just as many so called lady “play playas” as there are men, but we just give them a different name, like prostitute or whore or slut – but I’m here to tell you that male or female, it’s still the same thing. If you’re a man whoring around then you’re still a whore. If you’re a man giving up your body for financial gain, you’re still a prostitute – If this is where you are today, living in “Playa Playa-ville,” then you are not where God intends for you to be.
If you don’t have love in your heart for your brothers or sisters, let alone your neighbor or yourself, then you are not where God wants for you to be.
If you are still praying the Lord’s prayer, the model prayer, or some other prayer that you and everyone else around you have memorized because you’ve publicly prayed it so much, and you don’t have a praying relationship with the Lord, then you are not where God want for you to be.