The conversion of Saul of Tarsus on the Damascus Road is about as dramatic a change in a man’s life, as you will ever see. Saul the persecutor of Christians becomes Paul the preacher of Christ. The one going to Damascus on a mission of destruction is smitten by the power of God and is sent across the nations preaching the faith he once despised. And he being dead yet speaketh.
The power of God to convict men and women is just as effective today as it was for Saul. The conversion may not appear so dramatic, but it is nevertheless just as real. Saul saw a great light from heaven, and the seeking sinner must meet the One who is the light of the world. Saul heard a voice, and we hear the voice of God as revealed in His precious Word. Saul submitted himself to the will of God, and so does every true penitent.
The outward signs of the inward work in Saul’s heart are several. True prayer is a mark of the true believer. Of Saul it was said, “Behold, he prayeth” [Acts 9:11]. Soon after, he was filled with the Holy Spirit and immediately began to preach Christ. The outward evidence of God’s inward work will be seen in every true believer.
However, the greatest confirmation of the work in Saul was the testimony or witness of God Himself in heaven. Ananias was reluctant to go near Saul because of his reputation as a wicked persecutor of the saints. But God said, “Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me.”
Dear weary saint, rejoice today that you are a vessel chosen by God, for “if God be for us, who can be against us.” [Romans 8:31].
“Conversion is a deep work – a heart work. It goes throughout the man, throughout the mind, throughout the members, throughout the entire life.” [Joseph Alleine].