Acts 26: 9 – ‘I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth’.
In all honesty, Saul wasn’t exactly a bad guy. I used to think that he was. However, what I realised in church today was that although he knew the law and had read about the various prophesises, he and most people of that time were not really looking forward to the fulfilment of the words they had read.
So he must have found it incredulous that someone claimed to be this person that was to come. And so, in trying to defend the person that was to come, he was persecuting Him. A classic case of having good intentions but carrying it out wrongly. In Saul’s mind, he presumed he was serving God but what he was in actual fact doing was persecuting and going against His will.
Now this can happen to just about anyone. You may have the best intentions for your service to God, but you may be going about it in a wrong way. How then can you ensure that you do not make the same errors made by Saul?
First, you have to allow the Holy Spirit work in you. Philippians 2: 13 says, ‘For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure’. When God is the propelling force behind our actions, not the doctrine of men, not our emotions, not experience; but God, the love of God, we will do things differently effortlessly. Not because we are so amazing, but because those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. And if you are God’s son and God is referred to as great, how much more you?
Then, there is also the place of reading your Bible to get insights from the Holy Spirit and praying. Spend time in God’s presence. You are a carrier of the presence of God. Exercise your God given abilities for His glory.
Compliments of the Season!