This summer, I am reading the book of Acts with She Reads Truth. If you aren’t familiar with She Reads Truth, it is a community of women who read and examine God’s Word together with different Bible studies throughout the year. Sometimes, these studies focus on a certain theme; other times, they go through an entire book of the Bible. Each day, new Bible readings and a related blog entry are posted to the site. The other day, I read through Chapter 9 of Acts, and my heart sang with joy because it reminded me of the amazing work of God, and the endless grace He bestows upon us.
In Acts chapter 9, Saul is converted to a disciple of Christ. Cool, right? But what makes this story amazing is that Saul HATED Christians. He wanted to kill them. He persecuted them. Yet God still sought Saul to become a part of His Kingdom. God made Himself known to Saul, and literally (go read it for yourself!) opened his eyes to the glorious truth of the gospel. With the power of the Holy Spirit, Saul spread the message of Christ to others even though his own people wanted to kill him, and the other disciples feared him. Saul did not care about what anyone else thought of him and his actions; he only cared about what God thought. To further this conversion, Saul’s name changed to Paul. THE Paul, who wrote Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians… As one of my friends said, “God made his biggest hater into his biggest believer.”
Wow! This story gives me goosebumps. You are never too bad, too sinful, too unequipped, or too hopeless for God. God’s grace and love for us is greater than anything we have ever done or will ever do in our lifetime. If you proclaim Christ as your Lord and Savior and hand your life over to your Creator, He will proclaim you as His- forever. He will change your heart. He will make you more like Jesus. He will use you to better this world in which we live. You will be free from your imperfections. God’s grace is amazing indeed.
The story of Saul reminds me of one of my favorite verses (written by Paul!): “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”- Galatians 2:20
When we accept Christ, we accept that God is in control and He is the ruler of our lives. We are washed clean of our past, present, and future sins that separate us from our Creator, and as a result we are able to have an intimate relationship with Him. It may not be an easy life, but it is a fulfilling one full of freedom, hope, and love.