I was reading through chapter 9 in the Book of Acts yesterday. It’s the famous account of Paul (or Saul) and his conversion on the road to Damascus. This has got to be one of my favorite accounts in scripture. Paul was a bad,bad dude. Prior to conversion, he hated Christians. Then, one day, Jesus came along and shook up his world. After that, Paul was never the same.
I like the story of Paul because it’s such a great illustration of what happens when Jesus shows up in our lives. There is no denying His presence. He comes along and your life and your perspective are never the same again. It’s true in scripture and it’s true today, when people meet Jesus, their world is turned upside down.
When people experience Jesus, there is no doubt in their minds that He is who He claims to be. They have now seen Him at work. Their own lives have been touched. They have now felt the power that comes from His hands. They are recipients of His grace. They have been given a second chance. They become deeply aware of the fact that they didn’t even deserve the first chance. And, like Paul, they live the remainder of their days in deep gratitude and praise by serving the One who made it all possible.