The Next Paul


“And Saul approved of his (Stephen’s) execution… but Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.” (Acts 8:1, 3)

If anyone was an unlikely candidate for salvation, it was Saul.? He was glad to see Stephen lying in a bleeding, rock-pummeled heap.? He hated Christians and wanted to stamp out the church.? He had no compassion as he dragged men and women from their homes and children and threw them in jail. ? Saul was hard-core.

Yet in the next chapter of Acts, as Saul rode to Damascus to wreak havoc on believers there, God flattened him with a blinding light and turned him from a great persecutor to a great preacher.

God can save anyone.? No one is too hard, too evil, too blind or too fargone for God’s mighty arm to save.

Christ can convert his enemies into his friends. He can transform those who hate him into great men and women of God. He can make his greatest enemies into his greatest advocates.

Who knows what Jesus will do with those who now oppose him? They could become great preachers. They could yet influence thousands, even millions for Christ.

We must never give up, never stop praying for God to turn people around and use them for his praise.? The more wicked a person is, the more glory God gets when he saves him.? Don’t despair for your mom, your friend, your neighbor or your son.? Keep fervently praying for them.

Who knows?? Your daughter may be the next Lydia.? Your son may be the next Paul.

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I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.