“I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And I did so in Jerusalem. I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority from the chief priests, but when they were put to death I cast my vote against them. And I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them blaspheme, and in raging fury against them I persecuted them even to foreign cities.” 26:9-11
Paul tells of us about the person that he was before he found Christ in those few verses above. He then goes on to tell about his conversion..
“At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those who journeyed with me.” 26:13
At this moment I feel like it is Paul that I can relate with the most. I remember the first time I decided to attend the church where I later found Jesus, and my heart was hard. I went to prove a point, although I was curious, my intentions were not good ones. I went to prove to my friends that God was not real. It’s kind of funny how divine appointments work because after my first visit I was hooked on the positive energy of Jesus. I can also remember the first time I personally felt Him with me. It’s almost exactly how Paul described his encounter with the Lord. It was warm and the light of God made all of the heavy weight that I had been carrying for years go away instantly.
Was your first experience like Paul’s? It makes me wonder how much we all can have in common!
Short devo for today, so that is all! After Paul met Christ he went on boldly in life proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about Jesus without any hinderance. I hope that my life can be a reflection of that as well. I love you all and I hope that you have been having a grand day! Until next time 🙂