God’s grace is greater than all of our sin. God’s mercy is stronger than all of our transgressions. God’s power is mightier than all our enemies. God’s love is more patient than all our excuses.
Our very lives depend upon the grace, mercy, power and love of God. Without these things we wither, die and blow away as dust in the wind. We have no life outside of the life God has given to us through His grace and mercy. We have no strength outside of the power of God within us. We have no reason for living if not for the everlasting love of God.
We are, in and of ourselves, nothing more than a living being that strives to stay alive, dominate and accumulate things in this life. The only thing that separates us from all other living creatures is who and what God has made us and given to us freely through His grace.
We are conditioned by the world to believe our strength lies in our knowledge, job and savings account. We are conditioned by the world to believe our happiness comes from having money and things. We are conditioned by the world to believe our satisfaction is a result of pleasing ourselves and greed. We are conditioned by the world to believe our sin doesn’t matter and religion is a crutch for the weak and insecure.
Saul was a self-confident, successful, driven and educated man. The only way he could come to the truth was for Jesus Christ to personally confront him on the road to Damascus. Saul was so stubborn and his hatred so strong for Christians, Jesus had witness to him and personally lead him to repentance. Over time, Paul discarded all the things that had made him great and considered them all dung in order to please his Lord and God.
I leave you with the words of Paul (who used to be called Saul) to the Corinthian church. Please consider what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 in light of who he was and remember that all we are, have and ever hope to be is in and through the grace, mercy, power and love of God in Christ Jesus.
[blockquote]For ye see in your calling, brethren, how not many wise men according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 and base things of the world and things which are despised hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things which are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But because of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who from God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption, 31 that according as it is written: “He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”[/blockquote]