READ : Acts 9:1-9, 17-19
There is a line in the Peanuts television special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” that I will never forget. Charlie Brown had just gone out with Linus to pick out a Christmas tree. When they came back and set the tree up on the stage, everyone thought it was the worst Christmas tree they had ever seen. Lucy then says, “You’re hopeless, Charlie Brown. Simply hopeless.” That is often the opinion voiced in the comic strip about Charlie Brown. He’s a loser. He’s always blowing everything. There is nothing you can do about him. He’s hopeless. Simply hopeless.
Perhaps the early church felt the same way about Saul, the Pharisee. After all, Pharisees never changed. They were egotistical and self- righteous. They hated the followers of Christ. There was no changing that. He’d always be the same breathing out murderous threats against theLord’s disciples, arresting them and throwing them in prison. That’s the way it would always be, right? Wrong! When Saul met Jesus on the Damascus Road, he changed. He came to trust Jesus as his Savior, he submitted to Christ as his Lord, and he was filled with the Spirit and enabled to serve God as a missionary.
Often we feel the same way about certain people, don’t we? We shouldn’t. Remember Saul. As long as there is Jesus, no one is hopeless.
Lord, help us never to give up on anybody. Thank You for never giving up on us. In Jesus’ Name. Amen