There was a twinge of pain and a feeling of loss. I was 10 years old when I heard the news. It devastated me. My beloved Kansas City Royals had just traded their 2 time Cy-Young award winning pitcher to the New York Mets. Bret Saberhagen was the best pitcher in all of baseball and he was the highest paid pitcher in all of baseball. He had helped the Royals win the World Series in 1985 and now just 6 years later, at just 27 years old, he was no longer on my team. In Acts 9, we read of a man who also switched sides. Take a look:
Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. So he went to the high priest. 2 He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains.
3 As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”
5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked.
And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! 6 Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
7 The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! 8 Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. 9 He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink.
Saul, who would later become Paul, was a tremendous leader for the early church. He was initially on the wrong team and so were we. The amazing thing about God is that he is a gatherer. He is always looking to add prospects to His team. He doesn't trade other players to make his team more numerous and stronger. He actually purchased our contracts through the blood of Jesus. We just have to be willing to sign up.
With sincere love for each of you,