Can God really save a “Hit-Man?” You know what a hit man is, of course. He’s the guy the Mafia or the drug dealer calls when he needs to teach somebody a lesson. From a distance with a scope and a rifle, or up close in some violent confrontation, hit men kill people they may not even know with one purpose in mind: making money.
Is it possible for God to save somebody like that? Is is possible that a hit man could be so radically changed by the power of God that he would become a Christ-follower, mature in Christ, and finally enter the ministry and become a church planter? Seems kind of “out-there” doesn’t it?
Well, I just happen to know of one. He didn’t kill for money, at least not directly. He did it because of anger. He was mad that people weren’t doing what he thought they should do. Like some crazed Neo-nazi, he was trying to purge the world of the “subversive” people who were trying to destroy the way of life he held dear. He was so crazed with zeal and anger that he was consumed with his mission. It was what he ate; it was what he slept; it was what he thought about; it was what he breathed.
The Bible says in Acts 9:1, “Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord . . . Yes, Saul, who later became Paul, was a hit man who was so filled with hatred that they didn’t even have to pay him to do what he did. Could he be forgiven? Could God’s grace reach him? Listen to Paul’s testimony: . . .
14 And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
Yes, you might be saying, that’s great for Paul, but he was . . . Paul. That has nothing to do with me. O no! Listen to what Paul goes on to say about God’s grace:
However, for this reason I obtained mercy, (What reason, Paul?) that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.
Listen! If God can save a hit man, He can save you! If God can restore Peter, who denied Him three times, He can restore you! The grace of God is exceedingly abundant! It can reach you no matter where you are:
You say, “But I’ve cheated on my spouse and destroyed my family.” God’s grace can restore you!
“I’ve told so many lies to the ones who love me that they’ll never believe me again.” God’s grace can restore you!
“I’ve seen so many images that are dirty that I’ll never be able to get myself cleaned up again.” God’s grace can restore you!
“I’ve quit on God so many times in the past that He could never forgive me.” God’s grace can restore you!
“I’ve been so angry at God that I’ve accused Him and said unimaginably bad things to Him.” God’s grace can restore you!
“I’ve been a hypocrite for years and I don’t even think I can believe myself when I talk about changing.” God’s grace can restore you!
If God can save a hit man, He can restore you if . . . if you come to Him in genuine repentance and like David truly repent!