Reflection: Saul had been going to Damascus to find more of Jesus’ disciples to persecute, but Jesus had other plans. This man, a murderous zealot, would now belong to him. Rather than persecute those who followed Jesus, the man would himself “suffer for [Jesus’] name” (Acts 9:16). Rather than imprison believers, he’d be imprisoned for preaching their beliefs. Rather than destroy the fledgling faith, he’d go on to write reams of its sacred texts. Rather than kill Jesus’ disciples, he’d be killed for being one. The man had been born as Saul, but he would die as Paul.
There’s the road you think you’re on … and then there’s the road you’re actually on. May we have the humility to remember that we are not ultimately in control, and may we praise God for what marvellous work he can accomplish in one man’s life!
Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for turning around Paul’s life, and for the countless ways you have used Paul to grow and strengthen believers for centuries. Please keep us humble when we imagine we know how our lives are going to turn out, and please remind us not to dismiss anyone as beyond the reach of your grace. Amen.