I am always amazed that God will take us where we are at right now. Would you make friends with someone that was always talking badly about you and trying to hurt you? Nooo, I would stay far away from that person.
God’s ways are not like our ways. God’s ways are good and perfect.
In the bible, the story of Paul, is my favorite redemption story. I am always amazed that God completely transformed Paul. If God did that for Paul, what can he do for us?
Paul started out persecuting Christians.
Definition of persecute from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
1: to harass or punish in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict
specifically : to cause to suffer because of belief
2: to annoy with persistent or urgent approaches (such as attacks, pleas, or importunities): PESTER
The sight of Paul struck fear in people. He was not a nice guy. Yet, God chose him. Paul fell to the ground and was blinded. Scales fell from his eyes. Paul changed. Instead of uttering murderous threats, Paul became an apostle.
But they were hearing only, “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.” And they glorified God in me.
–Galatians 1:23-24 (NKJV)
Paul had a reputation. It was not a good reputation. People ran and hid from Paul. He terrified people. God made such an utter and complete change in Paul, that people knew only God could have done this work. Paul went from trying to kill Christians to preaching the faith that he tried to destroy. People must have been amazed. People glorified God, by seeing the great and wondrous works God performed in Paul.
The wonderful thing about God is that he will take you right now and love you. No matter what you have done, he will welcome you with open arms. God will not stop there. God will start working on you. God will refine you, like a diamond. God will chip away the darkness, so God’s light can shine through you. God will help you become the beautiful person he intended you to be, when he created you.