From a Creighton Student's Perspective
January 25, 2011
Senior, History Major
There are discrepancies within the two accounts of Paul's conversion in the Book of Acts, but I'm not going to go into that; rather, I want to talk about the main message of the story of his conversion and how it is relatable to us. In these accounts, God takes a man and changes him to live a life of love and purpose for God. Saul, a man living on one pole of the continuum, achieving so much, though what he was achieving was the persecution of early Christians. God takes a man like that and shifts him to the other pole, so that Paul's life is that of evangelism and mission for the glory of God.
If he can use Saul, the #1 Christian hunter of his time, it makes sense that God can use anyone of us for his mission. The Gospel reading for today is the final commandment of Jesus before he ascends into heaven. He says to those who follow him, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned." (Mk 16:15-16) Jesus calls us to live a life of mission for him. Living a missional life is taxing and difficult, but with the help of God, we can do it. A life of mission is not a life of hard core evangelism, but a life of service as imitators of Jesus Christ. People will respond to the genuine loving heart of a Christian, and if God can soften the heart of Saul (and change him into one of the greatest apostles), how easy would it be for him to soften the hearts of those we are serving? God can use anyone for his mission.
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