Saul was a terrible man in the eyes of the first Christians; he persecuted them, watched the death of Stephen and was on his way to persecute more of them in Damascus.
He was a zealous Jew who was intent on wiping out this new faith in Jesus off the face of the earth.
No one in his or her right mind would have predicted that he would go on to spread the Gospel, evangelise most of the known world and write the majority of the New Testament.
Yet God did not give up on him; God had a plan and purpose for his life.
God spoke to him and turned his life around and changed him for the better.
God did not give up on him and Saul heard him.
God wants everyone to be saved (2 Peter 3 v 9) and has a plan and purpose for everyone.
Even the vilest offender in our eyes is not beyond redemption.
Even the most horrible person in our eyes is not beyond hearing from God and having their life turned around.
Saul, who obviously became Paul, is a picture for us to never give up on anyone; we should never think anyone is “too far gone” to be reached and touched by God.
We are to play our part by not giving up on people, on friends and family who just do not seem to want to hear from or about God.
We should keep on in there, telling them about the Lord and showing them his love, mercy and compassion. We never know when a person will hear and respond.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you want every man to come to repentance and be saved”.
Acts 9 v 3 and 4…..And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and head a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutes thou me?