Paul the Orphan

"Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting" (I Timothy 1:16).

The city of Golden, Colorado, recently hosted the Orphan Car Show. An orphan car has lost its parent manufacturer. Of all the cars on display, none drew as much attention as four Deb:preen DMC-12s parked in a row. As the time-travel vehicle in the
Back to the Future movies, the Delorean sell fascinates the general public. However, orphaned by its dead founder and his defunct company, there are no new models rolling off assembly lines. Old ones are restored, but this one-of-a-kind car will never be mass produced again.

When the Lord saved Paul, his conversion was to serve as a model for the future. A modern "Damascus Road conversion" need not include being struck to the ground by a vision of Christ. All conversions to Christianity have the same "nuts and bolts" underneath. God's inner working is the same even when the outer details differ. Receiving Jesus' mercy, grace, faith and love (vv. 13-14) are not exceptions, but examples.

Paul's conversion was no orphan model. As history shows, God was just getting started!