The Right Road
A few weeks ago we read about the conversion of Saul in Acts 9 in my small group. Saul was a devout man. He knew the Scriptures and Hebrew traditions better than most. He was also zealous for the truth to a shocking degree.
After the religious leaders had Stephen killed for his faith, Saul took the lead in persecuting Christians. His desire was to hunt them down and bring them back to Jerusalem to be imprisoned. He believed that they were perverting the truth of God.
When he was on his way to Damascus the Lord Jesus appeared to him, asking why Saul was persecuting him. Saul was blinded for three days. After the three days, the Lord sent Ananias to heal Saul of his blindness and baptize him. Saul, later known as Paul, would go on to become the most prolific writer of the New Testament, spreading the gospel around the world. Paul was on a path towards destruction, but God rescued him from it.
Some of us may also be on a path towards destruction. We’re often convinced that we’re in the right and others are in the wrong to the point where we ostracize and vilify those who disagree with us. We need to be careful when we say that God is on one side or another of an issue. Paul was convinced that Christians were a heretical Jewish sect, but instead of seeking God in humility, he acted against the Christians (and God).
As Christians, we need to think and pray a lot before we make bold declarations about what is true and on what side of an issue God is on. When we take the name Christian, we aren’t just representing ourselves; we represent Christ to the world. Don’t follow Paul’s example of acting before praying and seeking counsel. We don’t get to assume that the Lord will be gracious to us and stop us from going down a road to destruction. Be wise and listen for God’s voice to direct you down the right road.