A reminder for today
But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. (Galatians 1:23)
I woke up this morning with a sore throat and a blocked nose. My first thoughts were “Awesome, no work” lol. And then I was off to the gym. I must be fanatic, oh yes, I am. So, I am sitting here at work feeling very sorry for myself with pain and stiffness from this week’s workouts and then this lovely flu that is busy working his way into my life. How do we change a heart?
Now there is a question? Paul is probably one of the most amazing stories in history of a heart turned towards Jesus and a life devoted to His truth. Paul as we know persecuted and killed the followers of Jesus until one fine day on his way to Damascus, he met Jesus. This meeting altered his life forever and made him one of the most determined followers of Jesus and writer of the largest part of the new testament. Now you must consider the irony for a moment. Here was a man taught in the law of God and very good scholar in the books of the old testament. You can say he was a bit of a specialist in his field. Now this hardened scholar did not think for a moment that Jesus was who he said He was and he (Paul) was also influenced by the leaders of the church.
Now, determined to end this false teaching he left for Damascus to destroy these Jesus people. On his way, the Lord appeared to him and asked him one simple question. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?"
Who are you, lord?" Saul asked. And the voice replied, "I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."
This was the end of Saul and the beginning of Paul. A man changed by the truth. You see the minute the Lord spoke to him all those years of studying the scriptures suddenly made sense and it all fell into place. You can see this in how Paul explains Jesus in his books. Paul’s heart changed by the light of Jesus. So, in this we see that the Lord can change any heart and change any person. If you remember we looked at the life of Lee Strobel in the movie “A case for Christ” and how Jesus changed him.
Jesus can change any heart. We must never forget the power of prayer and how it can affect the lives of those around us. When you go to your knees tonight in prayer, keep those you work with and those you meet in those prayers and watch as the Lord does miracles around you.
Lord, we are in awe of what happens when you change a heart. Touch our hearts today and light a fire in us to carry your words with us and share your gospel fearlessly and without holding anything back. In Jesus name.
Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.