“Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time” (1 Corinthians 15.8 NKJV).
Paul had already admitted that he was resistant to receive Christ, which is why God called him as a stubborn ox in Acts 9.4-5. In fact, it took an awesome supernatural demonstration and physical blindness to finally get Paul’s attention. Because of God’s extended grace, Paul ultimately put his faith in Jesus Christ, but he kicked and fought the entire way to salvation. Paul was the first apostle that followed Christ after He had already been crucified, resurrected and ascended into heaven. Paul’s ministry encapsulates the expression, “Better late than never.” He was the least of these in the beginning, but he wound up shaking the world for Christ. His influence has penetrated the very fiber of our faith today. His “spiritual birth” may have been forced and premature, but he grew into a powerhouse of faith that changed the world. The importance is not on how we begin our race, but how we finish it. This is great encouragement for us today. We may have messed up in the past. God may have extended us a ton of grace to get us where we are today. But our past does not dictate our future. We still have the ability to achieve a powerful finish!
“The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride” (Ecclesiastes 7.8 NLT).