The conversion and life of Paul is an amazing testimony and example. In his own words, Paul recounts the commissioning from the Lord Jesus for the ministry, even to the Gentiles.
“And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me’” (Acts 26:15–18).
As Paul’s eyes were opened at his conversion, so would the eyes of those he was sent to, be opened by the power of Christ in the gospel. They would see light as Paul did; spiritual light that dispels the darkness of sin and rebellion against God. Jesus the “light of the world” (John 8:12), had completely changed Paul’s darkness in his soul to the light. “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
If that light is not shining in your heart and life, you will never have the ability to deliver it to others.
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