Acts 26:9-18 (NLT)
9 “I used to believe that I ought to do everything I could to oppose the very name of Jesus the Nazarene. 10 Indeed, I did just that in Jerusalem. Authorized by the leading priests, I caused many believers there to be sent to prison. And I cast my vote against them when they were condemned to death. 11 Many times I had them punished in the synagogues to get them to curse Jesus. I was so violently opposed to them that I even chased them down in foreign cities. 12 “One day I was on such a mission to Damascus, armed with the authority and commission of the leading priests. 13 About noon, Your Majesty, as I was on the road, a light from heaven brighter than the sun shone down on me and my companions. 14 We all fell down, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will.’ 15 “‘Who are you, lord?’ I asked. “And the Lord replied, ‘I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting. 16 Now get to your feet! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and witness. You are to tell the world what you have seen and what I will show you in the future. 17 And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles 18 to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’
The apostle Paul speaks to King Agrippa about how he personally persecuted those who believed in Christ. He sent some to prison, some he condemned to death. Paul was even present at the stoning of Stephen. Paul had made it his mission to destroy Christianity, but then as he walked down a road to Damascus a voice called out to him. It was the voice of Jesus asking Paul why he was persecuting him. Jesus took this very man who was against him and used him to reach the Gentiles that they might turn from darkness to light and turn from Satan to God. For by their belief they would receive forgiveness for their sins and would become a part of God’s family.
What road have you been walking down in life? Maybe you have been walking down a road of self destruction. Maybe it was a road leading you away from God and to the sinful pleasures of the world. Maybe you have been lost on the road seeking for something, but not knowing what it was. What if Christ suddenly called out to you would you be ready to listen? Paul was out to destroy those who wanted to know Christ. In fact Paul put many to death who proclaimed the name of Christ as their savior. They were willing to die for the salvation of sin they believed in. If Christ is calling out to you; take the time to listen. Christ himself will lead you down the road you were meant to follow. Just think as Christ frees you from the sins in your life He gives you the opportunity to help free others. May you can be a blessing to our Lord and follow His light instead of the darkness in the world. May God bless you and bring you closer to the family of God.