Day 33/260: Read Acts 9
The story of Saul’s conversion is one of the most inspiring and encouraging in the New Testament. Our first introduction to this man has him consenting to Stephen’s death (Acts 8:1). Here, he is “breathing threats and murder against the disciples.” Later, he says of himself, “I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man” (1 Timothy 1:13).
Despite his attitude and actions against Jesus and the church, Saul of Tarsus “obtained mercy” and became one of the greatest champions for Christ—Paul the apostle—the world has ever known.
I have heard people say they could never visit a church service for fear that the building would collapse on them. I doubt any of them have sinned like Saul, though. Even if they have, God’s mercy and grace and love is strong enough to overcome their past, if they are willing to submit to Him like Saul did.
Saul, who would become Paul, was “a chosen vessel” of Christ’s. Don’t neglect opportunities to teach your neighbors about Christ, no matter how sinful they may be in your eyes. Don’t allow your past to hold you back from the future God has planned for you.
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
Acts 8:12. But when they _______________ Philip as he _______________ the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were _______________.
Pray for the ability to see the best in people, even if they can’t see it themselves. Pray for opportunities to teach them about Christ.