Often there are convictions that grow over time, become crystal clear, and increase in power so that our lives are totally controlled by their implications. Paul’s conversion was like this. As he reflected over those momentous words from Jesus on the Damascus road years before, the specific details of his commissioning grew in their import. As we study them again, we understand better the passion of Paul’s ministry in the gospel.
“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).
Paul’s conversion made the point of “darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God” very clear to him. His own experience as a “persecutor” bent on harming Christians, was confronted with the light of Christ. This gave leverage to his calling. His life before Damascus was controlled by Satan. Now he was empowered by God, the Holy Spirit so the eyes of nations would be opened by the gospel of grace (the light of Christ). Much more could be said about “forgiveness of sins and [being] sanctified by faith”, but let this blog cause you to reflect on your conversion and ask yourself how God is using that to give meaning to your calling and mission.
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