“Then Paul said,” I am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, and I was brought up and educated here in Jerusalem under Gamaliel. As his student, I was carefully trained in our Jewish laws and customs. I became very zealous to honor God in everything I did, just like all of you today. And I persecuted the followers of the Way, hounding some to death, arresting both men and women and throwing them in prison. The high priest and the whole council of elders can testify that this is so. For I received letters from them to our Jewish brothers in Damascus, authorizing me to bring the Christians from there to Jerusalem, in chains, to be punished. As I was on the road, approaching Damascus about noon, a very b right light from heaven suddenly shone down around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me,’ Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’
“Who are you, lord?” I asked.
“And the voice replied,’ I am Jesus the Nazarene, the one you are persecuting.’ The people with me saw the light but didn’t understand the voice speaking to me.
“I asked,’ What should I do, lord?’
“And the Lord told me. ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told everything you are to do.’ Acts 22:3-10
Here we have Paul telling the crowd how he came to faith in Christ Jesus. Isn’t that all we are asked to do as well? Some will hear our words and what God has done in our lives and others will not. All of that is left up to God. The only thing we are asked to do is to be obedient to God’s call. That can look a million different ways to each of us. Tell your story. How has Jesus been faithful in your life? Tell about the peace that you have found resting in God’s mighty hands.
Gracious God, give us the words to tell others about your amazing grace and unending love for them. We know that some will hear and others will not. Help us to trust your will and your plan for us and others. In Jesus Name, Amen.