Your story for His Glory
What is the thing that comes to mind first as you hear the name “Saul”? For me, it is “a persecutor”
For a very long time, Paul was known for persecuting the people of God – Christians.
Like so many of us, Saul wouldn’t take a sword and kill but still, he wouldn’t stop the killing either. When Stephen was being stoned, Paul was there but he did nothing about that. “Then they cast him(Stephen) out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.” (Acts 7:58). So many Christians today are not killing anyone but also not saving anyone. Sad true story.
Furthermore, Saul would enter houses after houses dragging off men and women and commit them to prison. However, all in all, God still had a good plan for him but that was far from his limited sight.
One day, Saul was about to enter Damascus, still hunting down disciples of the Lord. A light From heaven shone around him and as he fell to the ground as he heard a voice saying “Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me” He said, “Who are you, Lord”? Saul knew it was the Lord talking to him. Just like you! You know so well whose voice you are hearing too but do you want to listen and positively respond? Jesus answered to him “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting but rise and enter the city, and you will be told what to do”(Acts 9:5-7)
Jesus still talks to us even when we don’t want to hear from Him. When we are trying so hard to flee from him. He still talks.
The time Jesus was speaking to Saul, people who were with him heard nothing. Sometimes you hear things and words no one else can hear because they are for you and you alone for a Divine purpose.
From that moment Saul lost his sight for three days. That was closing to the past evil works.
In a vision, God talked to His disciple called Ananias telling him to go in a way called straight where Saul was. Ananias questioned this a little for he only knew Saul for his evil works but the voice of God convinced him to go for God was about to make Saul his new instrument. He touched Saul’s eyes and he regained his sight. God, knowing that physical sight wasn’t enough for Saul to be who He wanted him to be, also filled him with the Holy Spirit.
I feel like this was a sign of a new beginning. To see new things, a new wineskin was about to be made to receive new wine from God – Paul’s transformation to a new creature.
From then on, Saul started to proclaim Jesus in synagogues in Jerusalem and in many other places. At first, the disciples didn’t believe that he was new, one of them. But that didn’t discourage him for he had decided to use his story of conversion for God’s glory.
Like Saul, We all have stories of who we were, where we were, and what we have been doing. We all have been persecutors in our own way.
But we saw God each in his/her own way. It can be a spiritual journey, financial journey, emotional journey, and so on. It might even be physical. There is that disease you thought was to kill you but you are still alive you survived and you testify that God is not leaving you now because He never did.
We went through hard times, our sight was gone for some time, we didn’t know where we were nor where we were heading. We have been stuck in our ways. We ran away from God. But here we stand.
Yes, the journey is not over yet but God got us here and we are very grateful.
God wants us to proclaim His goodness and His works to those who haven’t met Him yet. As you are reading this, I pray that you do not harden your heart and as you plan to use your story for His Glory, I pray that God enables you. May give you strength in Jesus’ name. Amen.
By Douce Umuhire