“But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?”
The power of grace could never be more vivid than in the life of the Apostle Paul. Paul, who was Saul before he got saved, was a man who’s agenda was to kill every believer. His driving force was to put the early church out of business. What he did not know before he got saved was that the power of grace was greater than the power of hatred that drove him to try to hurt others. It was while he was on the road to Damascus to persecute and kill more Christians that he met the Saviour, and the grace that he hated became the changing agent that forever changed his life.
However, though Paul experienced the power of grace, the early church and those who knew Paul didn’t know what had happened in his life. The Scriptures say that when Paul got saved that he immediately began to preach Christ in the synagogues. The verse above says about Paul when he preached, “But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name…” These people didn’t understand that this was the power that grace can have in one’s life.
My friend, grace is the changing agent for every person. Every person needs to have the opportunity to see what grace can do in their life. There are many people in this world that the only hope they have is that they have a chance to see what God’s grace can do for them. No person can ever experience the power of God’s grace without hearing about it.
Moreover, grace is the strengthening ingredient for the believer. Once Paul was saved, it was God’s grace that helped him to increase “the more in strength.” The same grace that saved you is the same grace that can strengthen you to do more for God if you will use His grace as a motivator to tell others about His saving power.
Furthermore, grace is the source of conviction for the lost. When the lost see the change in your life is when grace will have the opportunity to convict them of their sin so they can see their need of a Saviour. God’s grace in Paul’s life “confounded the Jews.” They marveled that this man who once had a drive to kill believers was now preaching the same Gospel that they preached. This is the power of God’s grace.
My friend, the power of grace should first cause you to stop letting your past to be the inhibitor for not serving God. No matter how deep you were in sin, God’s grace is greater than that sin. The deeper that sin took you is the greater that grace can save you. Whether saved or lost, never forget that God’s grace is greater than your sin. You must never let your past be the excuse not to get saved or serve the LORD because grace is greater than your past.
Secondly, let me encourage you to use your past as your story of God’s grace to help others. Your past can either be the inhibitor that keeps you from serving the LORD, or it can be the tool you use to bring others to Christ. Your past is the greatest testimony of the power of God’s grace and what it can do in anyone’s life.
Thirdly, don’t use God’s grace as an excuse to sin. God’s grace is not a license to sin, but a reason to serve God. Let me encourage you to unleash the power of God’s grace in your life by giving your life to serve the LORD.