As he was nearing Damascus on this mission, a brilliant light from heaven suddenly beamed down upon him! He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”
“Who are you, sir?” Saul asked.
And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”
(Acts 9:3-6 NLT)
Saul had earlier participated in the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr, and he was on his way to Damascus to persecute the Christians there.
As he neared the city, he was suddenly blinded by light and fell to the ground. Blind and helpless, Saul was led to Damascus to await further instructions from God. He ate and drank nothing for three days, and was forced into a rigorous period of self-examination.
Whether our moment of decision occurs with a blinding light, as it did with Saul, or via a whisper, we all need to come face-to-face with our sins and confess them to God. Spiritual renewal begins when we are willing to see the truth, confess it to God, and allow Him to change our lives.
"Conversion is a turning onto the right road. The next thing to do is to walk on it."
- Charles Spurgeon