9 Meanwhile, Saul continued to oppose the Lord’s followers. He said they would be put to death. He went to the high priest. 2 He asked the priest for letters to the synagogues in Damascus. He wanted to find men and women who belonged to the Way of Jesus. The letters would allow him to take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 On his journey, Saul approached Damascus. Suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground. He heard a voice speak to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you opposing me?” 5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus,” he replied. “I am the one you are opposing. 6 Now get up and go into the city. There you will be told what you must do.” 7 The men traveling with Saul stood there. They weren’t able to speak. They had heard the sound. But they didn’t see anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground. He opened his eyes, but he couldn’t see. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9 For three days he was blind. He didn’t eat or drink anything.
Here’s Saul, a pious and learned Pharisee, fierce in his defence of the law. In fact I liken him to a terrorist. He spoke constant threats and was willing to murder followers of ‘the way’ of Jesus. He was going out to Damascus to find and bring them back in chains. This man had passion and was acting on it, he was not afraid. I think that’s why God chose to use him. Only God could turn around this murderous intent and make Paul into a powerful and effective advocate for Jesus. He took what Paul already had and changed his passion.
This is how God often works. He looks at us, he knows our gifts and strong points and chooses us for the right job. Saul needed Jesus himself to speak to him and blind him with light in order to turn him around. That kind of thing doesn’t happen often. We could waste a lifetime waiting for a sign like that from God. But there are so many signs in life pointing to the truth of the Gospel. The secret is in how we respond. Do we go into ‘Damascus’ and ask God what he wants us to do? Do we say ‘hey God was that you?’ Are we willing to change direction for Him; keeping our unique self, intact, but offering it all to Him.
Await further instructions- God wants to use us all, if we are willing to accept the mission.
Father God, I want to be open to you as you show me the path you have prepared just for me, for the unique way that you have made me. Please open all my senses so I can know your will. Help me to serve you with passion. Amen
Written by Dimity Milne