January 3, 2011

Monday Mini-Sermon

"...Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing...."

     The New Year is a time for beginnings. It is time to start a clean page. The account of Paul's conversion in Acts 9 is one of the Bible's most dramatic descriptions of a fresh start.  The former persecutor of Christians made a complete turnaround in his life; he was a different person after that day on the Damascus Road.
     Paul's record of achievement as the first great missionary was due in no small part to the way he began his new life in Christ. The events of those initial days after his conversion provides a pattern for any believer turning over a new leaf.
     Paul's first step was to get up and get going.  Some people, presented with a clean slate, are afraid to make the first entry.
     Second, Paul allowed himself to be guided by others.  He is led as a blind man to the home of a Christian disciple named Ananias.  One of the hardest things for any of us is to give up control of our lives and allow others to guide us in our new beginnings.
     Third, Paul begins to share what God is doing in his life. Within a few days of his remarkable conversion, Paul is sharing with others. He bears witness to what Jesus is doing in his life.
     God blessed Paul's efforts and God will bless yours as well.