Thursday, August 6th 2009
"I kept on persecuting the congregation of God." (Galatians 1:13)
Saul, a Pharisee, was a bitter opposer of Christians. His sincere conviction that they were wrong led him to persecute the Christian congregation. From a human standpoint, he must have seemed to be one of the least likely people to become a Christian. Yet, Jesus saw something good in Saul’s heart and chose him to fulfill a special commission. As a result, Saul became one of the most active and zealous members of the first-century Christian congregation. What does the experience of Saul, or the apostle Paul, teach us? In our territory, perhaps there are groups of people who seem hostile to the message we bear. Though it may appear doubtful that any of them will ever become true Christians, we should not stop trying to reason with them. Sometimes even the most unlikely individuals prove to be receptive. Our commission is to keep on preaching to all “without letup.”—Acts 5:42.
(Watchtower issue: 01/15/08, 3:8, 9)
*the yearbook experience I'm gonna post today is a perfect real-life example of a hostile person making a 180 turn-around. It's about a sister who learned the truth and became a Witness while still living at home with her family. Her father (who was opposed) called her an American spy, and actually grabbed a gun from a Russian soldier and tried to shoot her himself! The soldier had to stop him from shooting his own daughter!