Today’s Key Scripture – all references NKJV unless otherwise noted:

For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.

—Acts 22:15

Like so many people, the persecutor then named Saul was sincere, but sincerely and horribly wrong. He had no use for Jesus Christ or His followers. Although he took his opposition of Christ to an extreme, he was not unlike many of us in the days before we met the Master.

And meet the Master he did!

Suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest… And I said , What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do. —Acts 22:6-8, 10, KJV

He had met the resurrected Christ, and from a changed recognition came a changed commission: “Then he said, ‘The God of our fathers has chosen you that you should know His will, and see the Just One, and hear the voice of His mouth. For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard” (Acts 22:14, 15).

A Prayer for Today:

Father in heaven, change my commission to reflect Your Word and Your will. I magnify Your Name, because You never fail! Help me to learn more about You and Your nature, dear Lord. Order my life as You desire. Sanctify me through Your Word. Govern me—spirit, soul, and body—according to Your plan, not mine. May my thought, words, and action focus more and more upon You. I pray today that You will be glorified through my thoughts, words, and deeds. I pray this in Your mighty Name, Amen!