Paul had an amazing life. He spent part of it persecuting Christians, then he did a 180 and actually became a Christian himself, preaching the very message that he used to oppose. The turning point for him was when Jesus, himself, confronted him. During that confrontation, God spoke to him through a blinding light as Paul recounts in Acts 26, verses 17 and 18 where God says:
"I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me."
God sent Paul on a mission - to open the eyes of unbelievers, to turn them from darkness to light. Have your eyes been opened? Have you been turned from darkness to light by the power and grace of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ? That was Paul’s mission. It was a mission with a purpose - so that eyes would be opened and that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus. If you are still living in darkness - darkness not just meaning that you’re doing bad things, but darkness meaning that you haven’t come to a realization of the truth, that Jesus is the only way to heaven, then I encourage you to open your eyes. I pray that the Holy Spirit show you what believers all over the world already know - that a life without Jesus is really no life at all.
Paul’s mission was to open the eyes of those who didn’t believe. To turn them from darkness to light, 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 Jesus. For those who don’t believe, these may seem like strange words, and the concept may even sound stranger, but it is the truth. Satan’s goal is to keep your eyes off of the truth and away from Jesus because he knows that faith in Jesus means freedom from him. Life with Jesus is the way that life was meant to be. And if you don’t believe that, I encourage you to do what Paul was sent to help others do - open your eyes, understand the truth - the truth that can not only free you in this life but can also reward you for eternity.