Acts 22:17-21

17 “When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance 18 and saw the Lord speaking to me. ‘Quick!’ he said. ‘Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me.’

19 “‘Lord,’ I replied, ‘these people know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you. 20 And when the blood of your martyr[a] Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’

21 “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’ ”


One response to “Acts 22:17-21

  1. God knew the difficulty the believers would have relating to Paul and hearing his word because they knew his past. God could have given grace to all, for His glory. Yet He shows a practical application of His plans. There is plenty of Kingdom work around the world and God chose to send Paul to those he had not persecuted.

    God forgives, we are to forgive, but God may choose to move us, send us, and redeploy us. We don’t serve for our convenience, but for His glory. Submitting to His way may mean that He moves us from those we have injured in our sin or He may use us as an example of His grace.

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