Summary: God Transforms Us to Transform Others. Are you willing to be God’s agent of transformation for the world?
Text: Acts 9:1-22
Good morning all of you!
It’s good to be with you all this morning. How are you guys doing this morning? Today, I want to talk to you about the “transformers”. By the way, how many of you have watched Transformers 3? While watching it, how many of you thought in your mind, how I wish I was a transformer? I thought that way because transformers are so cool. They can be changed and they can change as well. In other words, they can make a difference in people’s life and situations.
Today, I want to share with you how we could be “The Real Transformers”. I will tell you the story of a real transformer from the Bible. This is story is in Acts 9:1-22 about a person named Saul who was very influential in Jerusalem. He was a Pharisee, a Roman citizen, a member of the Sanhedrin and most of all; a persecutor of the followers of Christ.
Saul was trying to destroy the church. He was going around house to house arresting the disciples and followers of Jesus. That persecution caused the disciples flee to different places, but he was still breathing threats of murder against them. He asked for letters from the high priest to give him the authority to arrest the disciples of Jesus in Damascus. He got the letters and went out in the journey to arrest men and women from the synagogues and bring them to Jerusalem. During those times, the disciples of Jesus used to gather in synagogues and study the word of God together. He started his journey with some of his men and as they were approaching Damascus, suddenly, BOOOOOM…a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” He replied, “Who are you Lord?” He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting! Now stand up and go to the city, you will be told what you must do”. Those men who were on the journey with Saul were speechless; because they heard the voice taking to Saul but didn’t see anybody. Now, Saul got up from the ground but could not see anything though his eyes were open. His companions led him to the city of Damascus holding him by hand. Saul didn’t see, eat or drink for three days. He was in a complete fasting for three days. God had already started the work of transformation in his life. You may be ask, how do we know that God is transforming us?
Transformation is an act of God in your life that He initiates through His divine intervention. As we saw in Saul’s life, it was the Damascus experience, where God started the work of transformation. It may not exactly the same in your life, but is there anything in your life that you feel God is dealing with? God wants to initiate that work of transformation in your life, are you willing to be transformed? It is not just an event, but also a process; so, God uses people and means in that process of transforming us. You may ask, why does God have to use people and means in the process of transforming us? Let’s go back to the story to see the reason why God uses people and means in the process of transforming us.