God certainly has a way of using the most unlikely people and circumstances to accomplish His goals! Saul was no exception to that. As a relentless persecutor of the early church, Saul had instilled fear in the lives of many due to his remorseless acts. He would be one of the last people on earth that the early disciples would see as being used by God to spread the message of Jesus to the Gentiles. And yet, he was exactly the man that God wanted to use.
Throughout the Bible we read about God using people who were ill equipped, unprepared, uneducated, fearful and timid to accomplish things that were way beyond their abilities. Just as with Saul, there could be no question that God was involved, supernaturally empowering and directing. I get a lot of comfort from that because there are so many things in my life that I feel God calling me to, but for which I feel unprepared and ill equipped. It helps to keep me dependent on God and not on myself because I’m more aware than anyone else of what my own limitations are. I see all the things that should disqualify me, but God sees the potential that He has placed inside me. He sees that in you too.
God knew Saul’s potential when it was correctly directed. He created him with it. He knew that Saul would take the same tenacity with which he had terrorized the early church and use it for the Kingdom. Saul was even the unlikely author of much of the New Testament. No one but God would have ever predicted that.
Our past doesn’t have to dictate our future. An encounter with Jesus has the potential to be a game changer. Saul is a perfect example of that.
Executive Director of Education and Outreach