I am reading the letters that the apostle Paul wrote now and enjoying them very much. It made me think about Paul and him being, what he called, the chief of sinners when he was persecuting Christians.While on the road to Damascus. He was one we probably would have given up on for much less than what he did to persecute Christians. But God can take the meanest, the dirtiest, the ugliest among us and make us clean. That’s what He did with Paul, and just look at what a change Paul made.
Look where Paul came from: He was born in Tarsus, educated in Jerusalem under Gamaliel. He was a tentmaker by trade. He approved of Stephen’s death and persecuted Christians to their death.
Look where Paul was going: Paul was on his way to Damascus with a couple of friends taking letters written to fellow Jews in Damascus, to arrest Christians and take them back to Jerusalem to be punished.
Look how Paul was stopped: As he was traveling and coming near Damascus, about midday a bright light from the sky flashed suddenly around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul! Why do you persecute me?”
Look how Paul changed: He asked the Lord, “What shall I do, Lord?” and the Lord told him to get up and go into Damascus, and there he would be told everything that God had determined for him to do. He was blind and his companions took him by the hand and led him into Damascus.
Ananias, a devout man according to the Law and was highly respected by the Jews living there. He came to Paul and said, “Brother Saul, receive your sight,” Ananias told him that the God of our ancestors had chosen him to know his will, to see his righteous Servant, and to hear him speaking with his own voice. He said he would be a witness for him to tell everyone what he had seen and heard. Then he told him to arise and be baptized and wash away his sins calling on the name of the Lord (Acts 22:1-16).
Look at the wonderful servant of God Paul became: God used Paul mightily from that day forward. He was a missionary in love with the Lord. He wrote letters to the churches which take up much of our New Testament.
The thing I am thinking about is that God can take the scoundrel, the vilest of sinners, the dirtiest, the ugliest among us and make us clean. He can forgive and forget. That person can become a great servant of God. Let us look at each person we meet through the eyes of our Lord and see in him a soul that is worthy of being saved, and let us go about teaching him the precious gospel of Christ.