Introduction: from an unknown source: A man from the back mountains of Tennessee found himself one day in a large city, for the first time standing outside an elevator. He watched as an old, haggard woman hobbled on, and the doors closed. A few minutes later the doors opened and a young, attractive woman marched smartly off. The father hollered to his youngest son, ďBilly, go get mother.Ē

Saul really could have used a booth like that! Listen to his description, ďA man of moderate stature, with crisp hair, crooked legs, blue eyes, large knit brows, and a long nose, at times looking like a man, at times like an angelĒ (from the apocryphal book, "The Acts of Paul and Thecla").

Realistically there is no magic elevator, fountain, or otherwise that will change people. There is however a God of the miraculous and when he comes on the scene dramatic change happens!

What better example of this than Saul who made true Godís promise to Abraham; that through his seed all the nations will be blessed. Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world. Paul carried the Gospel of Jesus to the ends of the world. In Saul we see the greatest about-face of anyone in history.

∑ What I believe that God wants us to see from Saulís dramatic change on the Road to Damascus is that no one is too bad for salvation. (There is not distinction all have sinned) Romans 3.23
o We must remember that Saul, when he took up his Greek name Paul, called himself the chief of sinners.
∑ The story of Saulís dramatic change also instructs us that we donít ďclean upĒ to come to God. When God meets us at the crossroads of life, He cleans us up!!!
∑ God wants everyone to come face to face with the reality of Jesusí life, death, burial and resurrection.

This morning I want to point out three very important landmarks on Saulís road to dramatic change.

Transition: The initial landmark in Saulís dramatic change is his desire.
I. Saulís Desire

A) To build his own righteousness

James Stalker who wrote a book on the life of Paul the apostles had this to say,

ďIt was the universal belief of His people that Messiah would only come to a nation keeping the law, and it was even said that if one man kept it perfectly for a single day, his merit would bring to the earth the King for whom they were waiting. Paulís Rabbinical training, then, culminated in the desire to win this prize of righteousness and he left the halls of sacred learning with this as the purpose of his life.Ē

1) Saul did not understand righteousness is given, not gained.
2) Saul forgot his righteous deeds were as filthy garments (Is 64.6b)

a) Righteousness is not based on what we can do but what God has done! (What is your point Bro Bill?)

1) Point: 1 Corinthians 6.9 ďOr do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?Ē

2) You must be wondering how can I know who is unrighteous?
The Bible says in Romans 3.10 quoting Psalm 14 ďThere is none