(1-19) The Conversion of Saul
Many are not aware of it, but God has a divine plan for each sinner. It is not His will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Saul’s conversion clearly shows that no one has done so vile a sin that God’s grace cannot reach them and change them. When God told Ananias to visit Saul, He called him “a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.” God had a greater plan for Saul’s life, and Saul was wise to let go of his hateful ways, yield himself to God, and fulfill the purpose that God created him to fulfill.
(20-21) Saul Proclaims Jesus in Synagogues
Saul’s life was radically transformed by the power of Jesus the Christ. He did not let his past negative actions hold him back from the new mission which God had converted him to do. He didn’t care what others thought about his 360-degree turnaround. He immediately proclaimed Jesus to others, saying, “He is the Son of God.”
I am sure Satan tried to use Saul’s past against him. He tried to put him on a guilt trip: Hey, Saul, aren’t you the one responsible for killing Stephen – a true servant of God? What about all those Christians you sent to prison and scattered all over the region? Do you really think God can use somebody like you who used to hate Him so much? Saul didn’t pay attention to that negativity. He let go of his dark past and grabbed hold of his bright future, determined to make the most of it for Christ.
Favorite verse: (15) But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.