I am sending you to them to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified by faith in me. (Acts 26:17-18)
As we read a few weeks earlier, Saul was an active persecutor of the church who sought the death of many Christians before he encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus. After this encounter, Paul was transformed and commissioned by Christ to bring the message of the Gospel—the good news of what God has accomplished through Jesus Christ to save sinful man from the death we deserve—to people who desperately needed it. Some of these people were Jews who did not truly understand what Christ had come to accomplish on their behalf, and some of these people were Gentiles seeking after false gods. In either case, these were lost people in need of a Savior!
Some may consider Paul’s conversion to be a rare, extraordinary, and miraculous work of God, but that’s not entirely true. Sure, Paul was called to be an apostle, and we are not. However, the same kind of radical and miraculous transformation that was worked out by God in the life of Paul occurs in the life of every single person who turns to Christ!
Before putting your faith in Christ as your eternal Savior, you were in darkness, held captive by the power of sin and Satan. You were a child of wrath, living according to the passions of our flesh (Eph. 2:3)! Yet, for those of you in Christ, God has opened your eyes, turning you from darkness to light and to His great power! You’ve been forgiven, and you’ve received a place among those who are made righteous by faith in Christ. The life of every Christian is one that has been miraculously transformed by the power of God. Rejoice in this, and may this encourage you to share this message of Christ’s transforming power with your friends and family!
If you haven’t put your faith in Christ alone to save you, what’s stopping you? God will absolutely transform your life for His purpose and glory, and conform you to the image of His glorious Son, Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:29). He is good, and His kingdom will last forever!