I was reading about Saul this morning in Acts and his hate for the church and God’s people. Chapter 9 starts out saying Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciplines of the Lord, then in verse 3 the Lord begins to speak to Saul and by verse 6 Saul trembling says “Lord, what do you want me to do?” Now, we all know that Saul becomes the Apostle Paul and all the great works he did to glorify God, but I want to focus on just these first few verses in chapter 9 this morning.
Saul, who approved of Stephen being stoned to death, made havoc of the church, and put God’s people in prison yet Jesus still wanted him. Saul, still being filled with hate traveling to Damascus in search of destroying more of God’s people, and Jesus still wanted him. You see, Jesus Christ knew what Saul could and would become and he wasn’t focused on what he was. Sometimes we dismiss people because of what they currently are, and we don’t see what they can become. Often, we dismiss ourselves because of what and where we currently are, and we don’t see what we can become but Jesus does. Jesus Christ knows where he wants to take us and he doesn’t care where we are or where we have been.
Jesus Christ began to speak to Saul when he was still full of sin, he didn’t wait until Saul was clean. Jesus knew he could clean Saul up once Saul accepted him as his Savior. The same is true with you and I today. Jesus doesn’t care how dirty or full of sin we or anyone else is because he knows he can clean us up. As Christians, sometimes we don’t witness to someone because we think they will never listen or that they are too bad but we can’t see where Jesus can take them. It is our job to witness and to tell others about Jesus Christ not to decide who is worthy to hear it.
In verse 6, Saul says “Lord, what do you want me to do?” You see, Jesus wants that same response from you and I today. He wants us to not only ask “Lord, what do you want me to do?” but be open to his response. His response may be something we are not comfortable with or maybe it wasn’t in our plans, but he wants us to follow him. I believe he will take us out of our comfort zone just to see if we will follow him. I believe our reward is great when we follow him but we all have to have the courage to step out in faith and truly follow him.
I pray today for the courage and strength to look beyond people’s weaknesses and sin and tell them about Jesus and what he has done for me. I pray for the courage to step out in faith and follow him wherever he may lead me.
Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day in Jesus Christ!!