As young men and woman, it seems like our past follows us around like an ugly cloud reminding us of our past sins, even though we might have committed these wrongdoings ignorantly. The
Bible speaks about a young man named Saul,
Who’s past, followed him around like a dark shadow, reminding him of the evils he had committed in the past. Sometimes if a person has an ugly
past, Society tends to shun them because of their past lifestyle such was the case with Saul (Acts.9:26). Not only was Saul, a murderer (Acts.9:1), he also was making havoc of the Church of God, even entering Christian homes and dragging off men and woman,
and committing everyone to prison who claimed to be a follower of Christ (Act.8:3). Like Saul, if you had or still have a wicked past, then there is good news for you in Saul’s story.
Paul writes a letter to young Timothy whom he is tutoring for the ministry telling Timothy, that Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief, said Paul (1-Tim 1:15). Paul also writes to the saints of the church which is
at Corinth, confessing to them that he is the least of the apostle, who am not worthy to be called an apostle because he persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God, i am an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and an overseer of His Churches (1-Cor.15:9-10).
God, want's to change your life just as He changed Saul's, who is no longer called Saul, but Paul. God’s grace can erase an evil past, and change a wicked heart and like Saul, all we have to do is cry out what must I do Lord to be saved?
God’s life-changing grace does more than change hearts; this is what God was able to accomplish By Working with Paul after his conversion (Mk.16:15-20).
Paul laid hands on the
Disciples, and they all received the Holy Spirit (Acts.19:6). Not only did Paul heal the sick, but God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and
the evil spirits went out from them
(Acts.19:11-12). How about you, won't you let God work unusual miracles by your hands? All you have to do is ask Jesus what must I do to receive eternal life and watch Him work miracles in your life.
Saul’s encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus was a life changing experience for him. First, a bright light from heaven surrounded Saul. Then he fell to the ground and heard
a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? Sometimes before God can get our attention like Saul, He has to knock us down and blind us before we Cry out to Him for help.
(Acts.9:1-5). Saul asked the Lord a question that every sinner
should ask saying, Lord, what must I do to receive eternal life? After Saul’s conversion he was no longer know by the name of Saul, but instead, now, he is recognized by the name of Paul, who became one of the greatest preachers in the world.
As wicked as Saul was to Christians, God still had a Divine purpose for Saul’s life, you see, the disciples being prejudice, preached the word to no one but the Jews only (Acts.11:1-19),
because it was unlawful for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to another nation (Please read Acts.10:1-48). But, God desires that all men and woman, be saved regardless of their nationality (1-Tim.2:1-4), (Jn.3:16). So, Jesus speaks to Ananias, a Disciple
from Damascus, saying to him: Arise and inquire at the house of Judas For one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. In a vision, this wicked man named Saul, saw Ananias coming in and putting his hands on him so that he might receive his sight (Acts.9:10-12).
Because of Saul’s past wickedness, Ananias refuses, but Jesus said to him go, for Saul is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, Kings, and the children of Israel (Acts.9:13-16). God was about to take a man with a wicked past, and use
him for His divine purpose. This evil man named Saul was about to learn firsthand about God’s Divine grace.