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 … Continue reading
The Apostle Paul, before the Lord changed and transformed him, was named Saul. And let’s get something straight right off the bat.
Saul was not a good dude. Really. He wasn’t a good dude. He, before the Lord changed him, had one purpose, and one purpose only.
To destroy the church.
Listen to what happens in Acts 9:1-7:
But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”
Today, in this passage, Paul is on a mission. He is going to Damascus to destroy the church there. He is going there, under the authority of the high priest to destroy the church and bring the Christians back to Jerusalem for trial.
The high priest picked his meanest, most ruthless, most determined man to complete this task. That was Saul. That’s who he was. He helped in Acts 7 with the murder of Stephen and he was out for destruction again.
But the Lord had other plans. The only thing that Saul had “earned” was judgement. God said not only was judgement coming at that point, but God said – I’m going to save him use him.
Saul became Paul. Saul persecuted the church. Saul worked against God. Saul tried to stop the movement of God. Saul was not a good dude.
And God used him for amazing things. Awesome things. Things no other person could do. God had a plan for Paul. And God was going to use him.
Today, no matter what has happened in your past, and in your life, God will use you. I won’t even say if your willing, because when we read this, Saul wasn’t even willing. But God had plans for him. God was going to use him.
Today, God will use you. That’s not the question.
The question is this. Today, will you let Him?
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