“Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. This I also did in Jerusalem, and many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. And I punished them often in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities.
“While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me. And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’
Stand, share, serve, send, all to receive forgiveness of sins and have an inheritance as a result of faith. The word is given to us all, the commission becomes ours with salvation. We too are to stand with Paul in service to the Lord who died for us. We too are to share as Paul shared what we are given, from the Word and from our own relationship with Christ. We too can be a part of sending the message to those who will receive it, we will be a part of eyes opening, people moving from darkness to light. We can be in a place to see the work the Lord will do as we are faithful to live daily the life he has given us.
We can be encouraged by Paul’s experiences. They show us we serve an awesome God and there is no telling where He might place us. They show us that He protects and provides. They show us the example of one who demonstrates commitment, perseverance and what a life of faith looks like. Let us stand with Paul and share with others the word we are given that brings light and life.