Conversion

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Acts 9:1-19

Brother Saul, the Lord – Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here – has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit. (v. 17 NIV)

I love conversion stories. It thrills me to hear how people antagonistic to God’s truth suddenly become convinced that Jesus is the Savior of the world and dedicate their lives to him. Saul’s conversion story is one of my favorites. It must have been one of Luke’s too; he tells it three times (Acts 9, 22, 26).

God’s grace is more powerful than human resistance. Saul, the persecutor of the church, was 100 percent sure he was doing God’s will by going to Damascus to drag believers to Jerusalem as prisoners. But on the road God turned the young man around 180 degrees. Saul the persecutor became Paul the evangelist par excellence. He would never have made this shift on his own. It took a dramatic intervention by Jesus from heaven along with the power of the Holy Spirit. God can overcome any resistance.

Not every Christian has such a dramatic turnaround. Many, like Timothy, are brought up in the faith and become believers through the consistent teaching of their parents (see 2 Tim. 1:4-5). But the grace of God is no less amazing. No one comes to God in their own strength; it’s all due to God’s power and grace.

PRAYER

Lord God, your grace is amazing. Thank you for revealing your Son Jesus to me as Savior. Amen.