Acts 9:1-20 shares a story so incredible it’s hard to believe.
Saul of Tarsus had been leading a ruthless campaign against disciples of Jesus (Acts 8:1–3). Then, en route to persecute more believers, he met Jesus and was radically transformed (Acts 9:3–6).
His salvation was so surprising may disciples thought is was a ruse to persecute them even more! We read in Acts 9:21:
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All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on his name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?”
Acts 9:1-20 As A Reminder
This is perhaps the greatest reminder in history that no heart is too far from Christ. If Jesus can save Saul of Tarsus, he can save anyone.
- You know your atheist coworker who mocks believers? Their heart is not too far for Jesus to save.
- You know your friend at school who invents new ways to sin every day? Their heart is not too far for Jesus to save.
- You know your grandchild who grew up in church but has walked away from the faith? Their heart is not too far for Jesus to save.
No matter how desperate someone’s situation, or how hard their heart may seem, Jesus is in the business of making enemies his friends… of bringing the prodigals back home as full sons and daughters… of opening blind eyes to his glorious light…
May I challenge you to pray for the people in your life who seem too far gone to ever meet Jesus? Make a list and pray with great hope and expectancy each day. I believe you’ll be able to remove those names one at a time as they come to Christ.
Your prayer is powerful (James 5:16). Our God desires everyone to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). No heart is too far.