The Unlikely Messenger
Daily Bible Reading – Job 3, 4; Acts 8, 9
Today’s Key Passage – Acts 9:1-22
In today’s key passage, we find the conversion of a man named Saul. Saul, later called Paul, was a notorious persecutor of Christians who witnessed and approved the stoning of Stephen for preaching the Gospel (7:54-60). One day, as Saul was walking to Damascus in search of Christians to imprison, the Risen Christ met him on the road. This meeting with Jesus, as well as the events that followed with a disciple named Ananias, led to Saul’s miraculous conversion to Christianity. He was immediately baptized and began preaching the Gospel to others, spreading the good news about Jesus.
Paul’s encounter with the living Christ led to a dramatic transformation in his life. He went from hunting Christians to leading them, and would go on to shape the history of Christianity more than perhaps any other apostle. While Paul undoubtedly had lived a sinful and evil life before he came to Christ, his transformation made him an amazing witness to others of what Jesus can do in a person’s life. Jesus did not let Paul’s past get in the way of the mission He had in mind for Paul, and even though Paul was certainly not looking for a personal relationship with the living God, Jesus still searched him out and found him in His own time.
The story of Paul gives all of us hope. It proves that no one is too far away from God. It shows us that no matter what we have done in the past, and no matter where we might be in the present, God is searching for us and has a plan for our future. Due to his past, Paul was an unlikely messenger of the Gospel who was transformed into one of the greatest messengers of all. God continues to encounter people every day and transform their lives to advance His kingdom. Do you know someone who might be far away from God due to his or her past or present? Share with them the story of Paul today, and let them know that there is hope for the future in Jesus Christ.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on October 18, 2013, in 05 - Acts and tagged Backsliding, Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Evangelism, Faith, Forgiveness, God, Grace, Jesus, Religion, Repentance, Salvation, Sin. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.