From Darkness to Light / The Christian Educator as Preacher (Part 1 of 2) / Great Things He Has Done

“To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” (Acts 26:18, ESV).

Most businesses and organisations have a mission statement. It is usually a summary statement of their purpose, vision and often the means by which they hope to accomplish their goals. People can have a mission statement too. It might be in the form of a New Year’s resolution or perhaps a job description. A mission statement, however, is usually broader and includes every area of life.

The Apostle Paul also had a mission statement. He was converted and commissioned by Jesus Christ. On the road to Damascus, the Lord stopped him and powerfully converted him. His eyes were opened to see his sinfulness; he realised that he was fighting against God. The Lord also turned him to the marvellous light of Jesus Christ. By grace, Paul was turned from the power of Satan unto God. So Paul’s life was changed and given a new direction. Paul repeats his commission from Christ in Acts 26:18. This became Paul’s mission statement for the rest of his life.

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