Saul’s Conversion Acts 9:1-8
Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples.He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, 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 go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus.
Reflection. This is a pivotal moment in the early days of the church. Through Saul, soon to have a name change to Paul, the Good News of Jesus was to spread throughout the eastern and northern Mediterranean basin. The persecutor became the preacher, missionary, church planter, letter writer. Jesus took a killer of Christians and transformed him into the Apostle to the Gentiles.
Paul came to understand the love of God in Jesus in a new way. That love of God is so great they we can never be separated from him. From hatred to love is encapsulated in this person, Paul. Can any such needed change happen in our lives? By the power of the Holy Spirit, the answer is 'Yes.'
Prayer. Lord Jesus, if radical change is needed in my life, please send your Holy Spirit to work that miracle. For your glory. Amen.