Saul to Paul
“So I thought I could see and I deep down didn’t care if I could hear
anyone else. But grace (oh, what a phrase!)…but grace abounded for me
on that dusty road to Damascus where Christ transformed my seeing and
my hearing. Christ blinded me initially so I could focus on hearing
His strong, yet tender voice. And He called me by my old name, Saul.
Imagine that, He called me by my name…my old sin-full, selfish name.
How could the spotless Lamb of God speak such a dirty word as that?
How could He love unconditionally like that? That’s beyond me. That’s
Yes, He called me by my name…He called me by my name…He called me by my
name…I just can’t get over the truth that He called me by my
self-righteous name! He met me where I was…in my self-righteousness.
I am so grateful He called me even when I wasn’t willing to listen, and
especially when I didn’t deserve it.
He called me by my name just as He calls each of His beloved friends by
their personal names…including each of you. And He called each of us
through questions that only He could answer…and each of us were drawn
to the truth inside those questions…we each were drawn to Truth
Himself. ”Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?“ ”Peter, do you
love Me?“ ”Philip, don’t you know I am the truth?“ ”Oh Thomas, don’t
you believe Me through my scars?“ ”
This is an interesting article encouraging the rest in God’s grace. I find it interesting that one can still question with emotion to surrender. It is still abiding/praying with Him in us. I wonder why if traditional Christianity teaches the centrality of confessing sins that Paul did not do it in his writings. Only Saul did it before he was made new.