From Murderer to Missionary

by Lee Buford on May 5, 2010

If you’ve ever thought you or someone else was beyond hope in terms of ability or worthiness to be used by God, think again. A quick look at the conversion of Saul, and subsequent life of Paul, reveals one of the greatest attributes of God’s sovereign grace:

He often chooses the unlikeliest of characters to accomplish His purposes!

Pastor Matt Rogers taught through this transformation in his sermon at Renewal Church last Sunday, pointing out that Saul moves from “murderer” to “missionary” in the first twenty-two verses of Acts 9.

1But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. – Acts 9:1-2 – ESV

20And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” 21And all who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?” 22But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.Acts 9:20-22 – ESV

Why did He choose to use Saul in this manner? What does this choice reveal about God’s purposes and those through whom He works to accomplish them?

You and I are as depraved and sinful as Saul, yet God wants to use each of us to proclaim His name and glory! Our calling is to follow Him, to serve and share in a manner which shines His light into the darkness around us. After all, who better to do so than you and me?

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