Monday, March 14, 2011

Have You Seen the Light?

1 Corinthians 15:10  "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect."

(Acts 9:1 - 19)

     I have studied the life of Paul at various time over the years, but recently was awed anew by the magnitude of his conversion. I began to see for the first time how God had moved in Paul's life from his very birth, not just from the time of the Damascus Road experience.
     Paul, himself, notes that he was chosen at birth for his mission and ministry. Even though his persecution of Christians was persecution of Christ Himself, God chose to save him rather than destroy him. God used his deplorable life and actions as a powerful example to us of what grace and mercy can do.
     God saw him as he trained at the feet of Gamaliel. He watched as he persecuted His followers. God was with Paul on the Damascus Road - He even stopped to chat. If ever there was one who could sing "I once was blind, but now I see" it was Paul as the scales dropped from his eyes and he truly began to experience God's Amazing Grace!
     God was certainly with him as he began his new life and became the greatest missionary in history and writer of most of our New Testament.
     Why is this so significant and how does it apply to me? No matter where I go or what I do, I can never escape Gods' love (Rom. 8:38-39). Even when it seems I have traveled too far to come back, He is right there with me -waiting. He can take any life any time (including yours and mine) and use it for his glory!
     Have you seen the light?

"Father, Thank You for Your compassion and love that is willing to give us all a second chance. Help me recognize when You shine Your light in my life to get my attention."

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