When the road to Damascus

Causes a crossroad in our lives,

We cannot run or disappear

And we certainly cannot hide.

Saul was a Pharisee;

The most religious that one could be,

But until he met Jesus on that road

He truly could not see.

‘Saul, Saul…

Why are you persecuting Me?’

Was the voice of the Holy One

Who came to set Saul free.

Likewise until we encounter

The presence of the Lord,

We will travel on our dusty plains

Whilst His commandments we ignore.

Saul was struck by heaven

And had fallen to the ground,

By Jesus Christ the Lord Himself

But where true faith and hope was found.

Saul hated Christians;

He persecuted and tortured same,

But he thought he was doing God a favour

Whilst his self-righteousness remained.

But Saul became Apostle Paul

And instrumental for the Lord,

Through repentance, baptism and faith in Christ

But this time revered God’s word.

He was an enemy of Christ;

A violent and murderous man,

But his conversion made him a saint

Through God’s transforming hand.

He was considered a great apostle

But called himself the least,

Was indeed the most effective

As his dedication would not cease.

We can all relate to Saul

Because although we think we’re right,

It’s not until our road to Damascus

Will reveal to us God’s light.

(C) P.B. 2021

“As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.  Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ Then the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.  It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’”  Acts 9:3-5

“Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptised.”  Acts 9:17-18

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.  But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which I will yet reveal to you… to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.”  Acts 26:15-18

“If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.  But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.”  Philippians 3:4-7

“And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;”  Philippians 3:9

“For I am the least of the Apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.”  1 Corinthians 15:9

“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”  1 Timothy 1:15

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except thorough Me.’”  John 14:6

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