of Saul


Monday Reflection


25th January 2021

sinner turned saint

3 As he neared Damascus
   on his journey,
   suddenly a light from heaven
   flashed around him.
4 He fell to the ground
   and heard a voice say to him,
  "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
5 "Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked.
  "I am Jesus,
   whom you are persecuting,"
   he replied.
6 "Now get up and go into the city,
   and you will be told
   what you must do."

..... Acts 9: 3-6

Today the church celebrates
the conversion of Saul.
What can be said about this sinner
turned saint that has not
already be said?
Very little, I suspect.

The conversion of Saul is certainly
one of the most dramatic
stories of the New Testament.

It encapsulates the moment
when a man charged with
destroying the Christian church
had a total change of heart
and began his journey towards
becoming its chief evangelist.

It was his dramatic encounter
with the presence of God
that brought about the
change in him.

His encounter was so profound
and physical that it changed his
whole perception of the
nature of God and the
course of his own life.

Is there anything that we can
learn from Saul's encounter with Jesus,
given that it was entirely engineered
by God and not based
on human initiative?

I suspect that very few of us
have had an experience like Saul's -
and indeed this seems to
have been a one-off incident for him.
Yet it points to the personal
nature of experiencing
the presence of God.

God chooses the most unlikely people
to do his evangelism
and missionary work and
that's you and me.

Yes, the Archbishop of Canterbury,
the Chairman of Methodist conference
and the Minister have a part to play;
but each one of us believes
that we are less likely
to be called than they are.

Wrong! God chooses the most
unlikely people. God chooses us.

As we look back over our lives,
what have been some of the moments
we would describe as
religious experiences,
or times when we were particularly
aware of God's presence?

What has he called us to do?
How have we been changed?

Whatever mistakes we
have made in the past,
by God's grace and forgiveness
these mistakes are restored
and our blindness to these
problems will be enlightened
by God's grace, which is infinite.

It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
'The Goodness of God '
sung by
Jenn Johnson, Bethel Music
via the link shown below.