Morning Message of Motivation
The Unusual Mercies of God 3
By Rev. Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
God’s mercy towards Saul was indeed mind blowing.
God picked the man, who singlehandedly had caused the greatest damage and harm to the church of Christ, and raised him to become an apostle.
Paul’s gratitude to God indeed was very great.
1 Timothy 1:12 NKJV
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.”
Paul kept thanking Jesus Christ because of the unusual mercy shown to him.
1 Timothy 1:13 NKJV
“Although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.”
God had shown Paul infinite mercy and love.
Not only was Saul’s mercy unusual in its scope, but it was also unusual in its execution.
God’s usual method of getting people saved is through the preaching of the gospel.
Those who believe the gospel are saved.
Saul however knew the gospel.
His problem was that he believed it was a false teaching.
Indeed Saul had dedicated his whole life to fighting against the gospel message.
Acts 26:9 NIV
“I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth.”
Saul had not only rejected the gospel, but had been opposing the gospel for years.
God needed to do something very drastic to get Saul to change the evil path he had chosen for himself.
It would take an unusual mercy.
Saul was on his way to Syria to arrest more Believers.
God chose to interrupt Saul’s journey with a great visitation.
Acts 26:13 NKJV
“At midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me.”
Saul saw the light.
The light was brighter than the sun.
He and his fellow travelers all fell to the ground.
Then Jesus Christ spoke audibly to Saul.
His life was changed forever after this encounter.
May you also receive God’s unusual mercies.
May God’s mercy make a way for you to enter into your promotion, in Jesus’ name.