Each one of us has one lifetime opportunity, only one life to live. What is the most important opportunity for a lifetime? Some might think of studying to get a degree, getting a job, getting married, getting a new position, getting rich, getting a certificate of graduation, getting success in business, etc … But what about you, what is your most important opportunity for your lifetime?
For Saul of Tarsus, his opportunity for a lifetime is not all the above descriptions. His opportunity for a lifetime is getting to know Jesus, the One who loves him, looked after his soul, and laid down His life for him as a wretched sinner. As we are longing for and learning more from this book of Acts 21, we have learned that people might miss this opportunity in their lifetimes. Because oftentimes, people love to wait for another time, another day, and another opportunity. Somehow, they miss those opportunities and it never happens.
Someone said, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery, and today is a gift, that is why we call it the present.” The Bible also reminds us, today is the day of salvation, not tomorrow (2 Corinthians 6:2). Why? Because nobody knows about tomorrow, only the Lord God almighty knows (Proverbs 27:1). As we longing, learning, and looking deeply into the life of Saul the persecutor to Paul the preacher, we understand God’s abundant and amazing grace through his testimony. Something more precious about the opportunity for a lifetime that Paul experienced God.
1) Paul reviews his misguided religious zeal (vs.1-5). 2) Paul realizes his actions were directly opposing God’s good will for his own life. 3) Paul relates his personal encounter with Jesus while on the journey to persecute Christians in Damascus (vs. 6-11). Paul experiences his supernatural encounter with Jesus (vs. 6). His confrontational encounter with Jesus (vs.7). His transformational encounter with Jesus (vs.8-10). His humbling encounter with Jesus (vs.11). Because of that experience with God, Paul’s life was never the same again. That’s what I love about Paul’s life. From sinner to saint. From darkness to light. From persecutor to preacher. From slave of sin to slave to the Savior.
Friends, on the journey of this life, have you personally encountered the Lord Jesus Christ? Have you ever encountered God’s good and perfect will for your own life? Have you ever been transformed by God’s unconditional love? Have you ever been humbled by God’s presence? 4) Paul remembers his condition after the encounter; he was blinded by the glorious light of the Lord Jesus Christ whom Paul himself persecuted (vs.8-9). 5) Paul finally receives his ministry called by Christ Jesus himself (vs.19-21).
As we conclude this chapter of Acts 21, please allow me to ask you some questions relating to this opportunity for a lifetime. What about you, friends? Have you taken advantage of this opportunity for a lifetime? Have you had a personal encounter with Jesus? Have you ever realized your need for a Savior? Have you ever experienced His love and forgiveness? Are you ready to repent and return and restart your life all over again? The Lord Jesus Chirst remains the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Everyone needs a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t let this opportunity for a lifetime pass by. God is waiting for you to come to Him. His heart longs for you to come to Him. The same hands who nailed to the cross for your sins and mine, are always open for you. Come to Jesus now, it is the time.