HERO PERSECUTOR BECAME A SAINT
This is one of those transformations you most likely will never read or hear about in daily news. You may have read about his success in putting Christians in prison and how he stood in approval as his fellow Pharisees stone a man full of faith and the Spirit (Acts 8:1; 9:2, 21). It is so typical in every generation that bad news has more market value than good news. What was the good news?
When Saul is confronted by the Lord Jesus on the Damascus road, blinded by “a light from heaven,” converted and led by the hand into the city so that Ananias could “lay his hands on him… so that [Saul] may regain [his] sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” There is not one news report on this. But for us, this is a supreme example of what can happen every day.
I have been challenged in working with some that others consider impossible, or for them, a waste of time. As I watch God change the heart, open ears to the Word of God, I often think back to Saul. Even Ananias doubted that God could transform this renowned Pharisee. Yes, Saul became a saint by the power of the blood of Jesus, useful in preaching the gospel to the ends of the earth, planting churches and building up the body of Christ, and much more!
There is someone you know or a person God has put in your path, and you have ignored them because you think they are beyond the reach of God’s grace. Go and stand in front of a mirror and look at the person you see. Were it not for God’s boundless grace, you would be that other person. Get on your knees and pray for every person that comes to mind that you think is too bad and beyond the grace of God. He wants to first change your heart so you partner with Him in His work.
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