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Paul was ravaging the church. In Acts 9 we see the story of Paul’s conversion experience. He led such persecution against believers in Jerusalem that his name was known among believers in other towns. He voted to put believers to death and imprison them. He was so passionate about persecuting believers in Jesus that he received permission to travel to other towns in order to arrest more of them.
As Paul traveled the road to Damascus he encountered God. He himself was arrested in his tracks and Jesus asked him ‘Why are you persecuting me?’ Paul was struck with blindness and had to be led into town by those traveling with him. In his blindness Paul was already experiencing the opening of his eyes spiritually to the truth of Jesus the Messiah.
Which Right Thing?
Paul had been so convinced that he was doing the right thing, yet Paul never uses that as an excuse. He was traveling to persecute believers because he absolutely believed that he was serving God. Yet Paul never says ‘But I didn’t know!’ Instead, Paul is baptized three days later when his sight is returned, ready to pursue his new faith.
I believe God chose Paul precisely because of this passion for obedience that Paul displays. We see Paul show this passion for serving God throughout his ministry. He sets aside his personal safety and comfort continually in order to pursue obedience to God.
Where is Your Real Commitment?
Now let’s contrast this with the religious leaders in Jerusalem. They are just as committed to seeing Christians persecuted. They are after all, the ones who gave Paul permission to arrest believers. In Acts 22 Paul is brought before them and for his defense he gives his testimony. I love reading the sermons in Acts. Their testimony flows so smoothly, connecting the old covenant and the new.
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