From the desk of Steve Patton
“The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from his mouth; for you will be a witness for him…”
Ananias to Saul of Tarsus - Acts 22:14
The last thing Paul saw before going blind was the brightness of the glory of the Son of God. The result was, in the blink of an eye, the Lord’s most bitter and virulent opponent became a convicted believer in Jesus as Lord. The result? “Therefore… I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.” He was immediately baptized and began to proclaim Jesus as the risen Lord, whom he had seen - with his own eyes - alive from the dead.
Paul never flinched at opposition to his preaching. He stood before kings and rulers, rabbis and pagans, rich and poor, and proclaimed the mighty works of God. He was willing to die rather than deny what happened on the Damascus highway. As an eyewitness he convinced countless people to turn to the Lord and be saved from sin.
I wish I had been with Paul that day. Maybe I would be a more convicted proclaimer of the gospel. Maybe I would have more courage to speak against sin and unrighteousness. But the truth is there is no excuse for not having the conviction and courage of the apostle Paul. I can read Paul’s personal account of his conversion, the words of an eyewitness. I can be as convinced as Paul. I should know I have the same support from my Lord that Paul had, to preach and proclaim His Word.
Actually none of us has an excuse. The eyewitness accounts in the New Testament are all anyone should need to be convicted to proclaim our Lord. No, I was not there when they crucified my Lord. But I can still see Him hanging there through the descriptions of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Eyewitness testimony. Surely it is enough. We can know He died for us so we might live for Him. Let us live courageously, preaching the word of God with all boldness. Then we, too, can one day see the Righteous One.