“This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News.” Romans 1:1
It is amazing to me that the person that has made such a mighty impact on our Christian lives came from a world of spiritual blindness and physical brutality. Paul wrote most of the New Testament. He claimed to be the chief of sinners. Paul was not attempting to sound modest. In his mind, he felt like he was the chief of sinners. On the road to Damascus the grace of God showed up. This was not the cheap grace we see preached in many of our churches today. It was the costly grace that only Jesus Christ can give us. In Paul’s conversion we can see three observations that we need to look at. No matter how you appear today to others we all have a dark side. You would be amazed if you knew the darkness lurking in the pasts of those people who have made a difference in your life. We are all sinful by birth, by nature, and by choice. We remain totally and completely depraved deep within. We grope in darkness because of spiritual blindness. Regardless of what we have done, no one is beyond hope. This is the great hope of the Christian message. No amount or depth of sin in your past can trump the grace of God. God gave Saul a new name, and in the process, made him a new creation. That is what makes grace so amazing. Even though your past is soiled, anyone can find a new beginning with God. It’s never too late to start doing what is right. When Saul knelt before the living God, he finally faced the reality of his sin. Deep within the man, Christ transformed his life and he started doing what was right. Grace provides a new beginning. I love the old hymn “Amazing Grace.” “Amazing grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.” We were among the wretched. Let us never forget what life was like before the grace of God touched our lives. Are you stuck because of things in your past? If so, remember Paul and how the grace of God changed his life.