Too Old to Change? (Acts 9:3-6)

“We all tend to stick with the basic beliefs we grew up with.  At my age it is unlikely that mine will change.”

Are we ever too old to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior?

The above quotation was sent to me by a friend in an email, after I invited him to come and visit our church. He is familiar with the Bible and even was exposed to it in his childhood schooling. But now, nearing 90 years, he feels he is set in his ways and is either unwilling or unable to look at another viewpoint, particularly when it comes to God and religion.

It is difficult to change course once our ways are set.  And if one has achieved worldly success with the way we have led our lives, why change in the autumn of one’s life?

As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “ Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”
Then the Lord said, “ I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”
Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.
Acts 9:3-6

The Apostle Paul was a highly respected Pharisee, a leader of the Jews. He had trained with the top rabbis of the day and he was renown for his knowledge of the Scripture. When Christians appeared, he was absolutely convinced that he was right to persecute them as blasphemers and rebels. Everything he had ever trained for and done in his life was in complete agreement with his actions. But God had other plans for him! The Apostle Paul needed an experience of epic proportions to bring him to acknowledge Jesus as His Lord and Savior. God will sometimes directly intervene in our lives and make us an offer we can’t refuse!

Are we ever too old to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior? Our sensibilities may convince us that we are but God’s timeline is not ours. He is always keeping the door open for us to accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior.  


Love and respect the Lord; seek His will in your life.