1 Timothy 1:12-14 (New King James Version)
12] And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, 13] although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14] And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. Acts 9:1-19 (New King James Version)
1] Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2] and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3] As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4] Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” 5] And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” 6] So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” 7] And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. 8] Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9] And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
When People Meet Jesus
When people meet Jesus amazing things happen, and the Apostle Paul is no exception to this. In these verses he counts it a blessing and a privilege that God would use him in proclaiming the truth of who Jesus is. Paul recalls who he was before Christ, “...I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man.” Acts 9 records how Paul met Jesus and went from persecutor to promoter, from enemy to friend, and from sinner to saved. Can I get an AMEN?! When people meet Jesus amazing things happen. Have you met Jesus?
FOR TODAY: Take a moment to remember when you met Jesus and thank Him for saving you.