Whether you have been on your spiritual walk most of your life or have just begun, we all reach a point in our lives where we want to make much needed changes, but are at a loss as to what to do or where to begin. Crying out in desperation and seeking out God’s help is the first step. And as we take that first step, we often feel unworthy of His grace and unconditional love. You’re not alone in experiencing this anguish. Hope, reassurance, and an incredible amount of inspiration can be found in the story of Apostle Paul. In fact, to demonstrate credibility Apostle Paul began preaching the Gospel by first telling the story of his conversion.
Introduced as Saul of Tarsus in Acts 9:1-19, Paul was the biblical time equivalent to today’s ISIS leader, killing literally thousands of Christians in an effort to save the Jewish faith from those following “The Way”. On his way to Damascus, Syria, Saul saw a light suddenly flash from the heavens. Blinding him and now knocked to the ground, Saul heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Saul asked, “Who are you Lord?” The voice replied, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Scared and unable to see, Saul was led by the men traveling with him over the next three days into Damascus. Upon arriving in Damascus, Saul was met by a disciple by the name of Ananais. Sent by God, Ananais placed his hands on Saul’s eyes and had a message for him to spread the Gospel to the Gentiles. With his sight restored, Saul became a believer in Jesus Christ, was baptized as Paul, and went onto become the most devoted follower and preacher of Jesus Christ’s teachings, not to mention the most prolific author of the New Testament, writing 13 of 27 books!
If God can transform Apostle Paul’s life from a Christian killer to the New Testament’s most prolific writer, just imagine what He can do with yours!!