In today’s text, I want to introduce you to one of the worst persecutors of Christians in all the Bible. This was was someone that really had it out for Christians and did so much to destroy the church. He approved of the deaths of Christians and sought to have them arrested and to make sure that they stopped preaching about Jesus.
We see him in Acts 8: 1-3:
1 And Saul approved of their killing him. That day a severe persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria. 2 Devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation over him. 3 But Saul was ravaging the church by entering house after house; dragging off both men and women, he committed them to prison.
His name is Saul. He’s the leader of the group of Pharisees that are trying to stop the church. And you know him better as the Apostle Paul. This was Paul before he met Jesus. He was actively trying to stop the movement of God.
He was helping with the killing of Christians.
He was not a good dude. Seriously. In no way, shape, or form could you say that Saul was a good guy. He was doing harm to Christ and His church. He was one of the worst persecutors of Christians that the world had known up to that point.
But here’s the thing. God was not done with him. God had plans for him. God knew what Saul could do. In spite of all the evil and the wrong that he had done, God knew that good was in him.
God had not given up on Saul yet. He knew what great things would happen when he became Paul.
Just like God knows the great things that are in store through each of us.
If God did not give up on Saul, what makes you think God has given up on you? He hasn’t.
And God hasn’t given up on “them” yet either. You don’t either.
God is a God with great things in store. In store me, for you, for “them.” Trust in God, and know that He’s not done yet.