Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Radical Saul Becomes Radical Paul!

Saul kept on threatening to kill the Lord's followers. He even went to the high priest and asked for letters to the Jewish leaders in Damascus. He did this because he wanted to arrest and take to Jerusalem any man or woman who had accepted the Lord's Way.  When Saul had almost reached Damascus, a bright light from heaven suddenly flashed around him.

Acts 9: 1 - 3

Have you ever been guilty of deciding that an unredeemed, man or woman of the world would make a “wonderful Christian” because they are so nice and they are smart and talented as well?  Most of us would never have thought that Saul who became the Apostle Paul would have been such a prominent follower of Jesus.  The Apostle Paul is perhaps the best example of a man who was a real enemy of Christ who had set about to kill believers, before the Lord Himself turned Paul around on the road to Damascus.

You know the rest of that story.  The story of Christian conversion is not leading people who are “naturally nice” to be that way, while sitting in the pews of a church.  Coming to Christ is a radical, life changing and eternal decision that transforms even the worst sinner into a useful tool of the Holy Spirit as he brings others to know Jesus!

You see, it is not for us to decide who should hear the message of Jesus.  Our job is to seek to  deliver the Gospel to everyone we encounter throughout the day and let the Holy Spirit work in their hearts.  Judging which person would be the “best believer” is something God never asked us to do.  

“Lord Jesus, I thank you for the example of the Apostle Paul, who in our eyes was the worst of sinners, but who was used by You to spread Your Word to the whole world!  May You, Jesus be praised forever.  Amen.”

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