1Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6“Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” … So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.[Acts 9:1-9]
Life is full of surprises, twists and turns. Some that we may least be prepared for. Each day we get out of our beds we can never know or predict that a day might end up having marked effect on us and those around us. One minute Saul is powerful, resolute & determined, going in a certain direction. The next his life takes a totally opposite direction. “What happened Saul?” He ends up becoming one of those he was persecuting – a man of the Way!
We cannot remain the same once we have an encounter with the Lord! He not only changes our identity but also affects our ways and testimony in such a way it leaves no doubt; The direction of influence changes in that we can only impact others positively as we gradually die to self, for God’s sake, one day at a time.
Originallly posted by Dann Matthews W’Obukosia