Sunday, April 19, 2009

Paul Sees Christ

3 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" 5 And he said, "Who are you, Lord?" And he said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6 But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do." 7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.
Acts 9:3-7

8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
1 Corinthians 15:8

1 Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? 2 If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 9:1-2, English Standard Version

Paul Sees Christ

After the resurrection of Christ, one of the first orders of business for the eleven disciples was to choose another disciple to take the place of Judas Iscariot. I have often thought that the disciples were a little premature in their decision. It was Christ who chose each of them to be His disciple, and though He was in heaven, it was Christ who would choose another Apostle, named Paul.

As with many of the disciples, Paul was one of the most unlikely candidates. Paul was a religious zealot known throughout the region for his persecution of Christians. Yet, Christ chose this unlikely man, and what a ministry he would have!

You are probably familiar with the conversion of Paul on the road to Damascus, where he was intent on capturing more Christians and bringing them to Rome for judgment.

Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" And he said, "Who are you, Lord?" And he said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting."

What are the requirements for being called to salvation by Christ? Is one person more "savable" than another? Were any of us called because we were more intelligent, more wealthy, or even just a good person? No!

Only those who understand their total depravity, and therefore understand they have no hope in and of themselves will truly be called by Christ. Christ is looking for the lost sheep, not those who believe they have no need of a savior.

Think about that as you go about the duties of this day. Every single life is precious in the eyes of the Lord. Because we are all made in the image of God, we, too, are to value and give respect to those around us.

Pray, today, that God would use you to reach the "un-savable" sinners you mingle with each day. And pray that God would help you to respect every living person, no matter what their intelligence level, state of health, or state of wealth may be.

Paul sees Christ. Do we see Christ?

God Bless You,
Linda

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