Ephesians 3:8; Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.
Paul’s U-Turn Made him Thankful
Here’s a little about Paul’s background. Paul killed Christians. He was a Pharisee zealous for the law and believed that Christians were committing a crime against God. Can we say error?
Acts 7:58; And cast [him] out of the city, and stoned [him]: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.
Paul’s original name was Saul. Later, God changed his name and his image. Let’s just put it this way, God rebranded Paul. But first he had to penetrate a thick skull.
Acts 9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest. 2: And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
Saul was on a rampage. How many times have we been on a rampage that God didn’t order?
What did it take to turn him around?
Hearing the Word from the right person.
Acts 9:3-5; And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: [it is] hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
It caused a u-turn in his life. Paul went from being a prideful know-it-all, to a humble servant.
Acts 9:6; And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?
Why was Paul so thankful after this change of heart? Because he really wanted to do God’s will. When he found out he was doing it wrong, he changed and that change made him very thankful!
Are you thankful for the Word? Do you see ways to change your life with it?
What u-turn are you in? What u-turn could you be for someone else?