God Used Paul He Will Use Us

One of the leaders of the Christian church was Saul of Tarsus whose name was changed to “Paul.” The book of Acts tells us that Paul went on three missionary journeys preaching the gospel of Jesus. He wrote thirteen books in the New Testament. The doctrine of the Christian church was pretty much shaped by the apostle Paul.
But, like Moses, and David and Matthew and Peter, Paul had some major baggage yet, God used him. In Acts 7, Stephen is persecuted and dies for preaching the gospel. At the end of that chapter, we find this verse that reads, “…His accusers took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Saul.”
Then, the first verse of the eighth chapter reads, “Saul was one of the witnesses, and he agreed completely with the killing of Stephen.”
Then, Acts 8:3 reads, “But Saul was going everywhere to destroy the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into prison.
So, Saul was in agreement with killing Stephen and, was persecuting Christians. But in Acts 9, the Bible records Saul’s conversion. Saul was going to Damascus to persecute Christians when suddenly, a great light appeared in the sky and it was so bright, it knocked Saul off his mount. Lying on the ground, Saul heard the Lord say, “Saul, Saul, why are thou persecuting me?”
Saul replied, “Is it thou Lord?”
At that moment, Saul of Tarsus was converted. His life changed from persecuting Christians to being called by God to preach the gospel.
Maybe you think you have too much baggage in your past for God to use you. Maybe you think there is no way God could possibly use you. Friend, your past doesn’t matter. What matters is your willingness to serve.
Today, if God is speaking to your heart about serving, don’t resist because you think you have messed up too badly. God used Paul and God can use you. Also, don’t refuse to let someone else serve who may have some baggage. We are all sinners saved by grace. Jesus forgives us and will use us.

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