“From the Hunter to the Hunted”
An odd thing happens to Saul. He has been all about hunting down Christ followers.
It does not take long after his conversion until he is the hunted.
Please read the following verses.
22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.
23 After many days had gone by, the Jews conspired to kill him, 24 but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him.
25 But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.
26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple.
27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus.
28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.
29 He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews, but they tried to kill him.
30 When the brothers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.
This conversion experience, (that I suspect most reading this have experienced) is so wonderful.
The Lord God will change our wants and appetites if we allow Him to.
The Lord God chose a man (Saul) of passion.
Formerly, Saul used that passion to hunt down Christ believers.
The Lord God used Saul and his passion to introduce many, many people to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you given Christ your passion?
Perhaps your passion is sports, perhaps being in the outdoors.
We humans can be passionate people.
May we allow the Lord God to use our passion for Him.