If we only realize it, God has a purpose for every one of us in this life, no less today than 20 centuries ago. Because He created us to have free will, we have the option to choose to embrace that purpose through Christ, or continue on the path of sin and death.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” Saint Paul, Ephesians 2 : 10 – it was the story of his life.
With his cultured background and religious fervor, Saul was the ideal choice to carry the Gospel to the civilizations of the Mediterranean. He was fluent in three languages, highly educated, accustomed to dealing with people in positions of power, and strong in his faith. That is why he was totally engaged in the persecution and destruction of all of Christ’s followers.
These qualities of tenacity and determination made Saul a difficult prospect for conversion – a man who required a real mind-blowing experience to get his attention and make him rethink his priorities. His experience on the road to Damascus was certainly that:
As he neared Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
There WILL be a “Damascus Road” for you. Don’t expect yours to be as dramatic as St Paul’s, or yours and mine to be similar – God tailors each one to suit us individually.
You will have to make a choice that will impact your life totally for good or for bad. Don’t underestimate what hangs on your choice.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Saint Paul, Romans 6 : 23
This quote is not just a formula of words. People need to understand that the choices they make now will impact on them for all eternity. God is working on this planet, behind the scenes but with great power, and He asks us join Him in running His business.
Story of St Paul’s conversion told in Acts 9 :1 -31
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