The amazing thing here is how he describes God’s involvement in his conversion. Look closely at verse 15. Paul states that he was set apart and called while he was persecuting the Church seeking the death of its members. Whoa.
Think of the implications of that.
There are people today that are so rabid in their hate for Christianity that I tend to write them off. There are those in the Middle East who are killing believers. It may be that God has, like Paul, set them apart and called them. I certainly do not see that. But the reality of Paul’s life challenged me this afternoon to check myself in relating to those types of people.
As is His practice, He nearly immediately tested me on this. I had to deal with a cult member this afternoon who was arrogant and unresponsive to the help for which he asked me. I struggled to help him I am not sure that I represented Christ well in that dialog.
Application does not come easily or quickly. Bottom line? Today I was reminded that it is God who determines who He chooses to draw to himself. I have to treat everyone I meet as one whom the Lord may be drawing as we speak.