Acts 9:1-22; Galatians 1:11-24
Think of someone today whom you would label an impossible person to convert to Christianity. Are they an atheist? A Muslim? Are they someone so entrenched in their belief that it appears there is no hope of them coming to faith in Christ?
Such was the Apostle Paul before he met Jesus. His name was Saul and he was a Pharisee’s Pharisee. In Galatians 1 Paul describes how he tried to destroy the church. His zeal for the faith caused him to be so hard core that he was feared by the disciples. They dared not witness to him, lest he arrest them. It took Jesus himself to convert Saul to the faith.
Consequently, Saul became Paul, the greatest evangelist in the history of Christianity. Jesus was once asked who could be saved, and he replied, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matt 19:26)
And so it is with anyone we might deem unreachable for Jesus. Ours is but to proclaim the word; to the Holy Spirit through Christ alone comes the possibility of salvation.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, fill us with your Holy Spirit that we might be empowered to proclaim your message of salvation to all people.
Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes,
Dean of the Carolinas Mission District, and the
Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.