What changed your life?
What was the one place and time that you can point to that shaped and defined who you are or what you’ve been able to accomplish?
These moments present themselves from time to time. When we seize the opportunity… things happen… when we don’t… coulda, shoulda, wouldas abound.
Acts 9 might be the second-most important passage of Scripture in all of the Christan faith (next to the account Jesus’ resurrection)… it is the transformation of Saul (Paul). Paul went on to write the majority of the New Testament books… but before he was a champion of the faith… he was the enemy… and a mastermind at that. He devised and executed ways of finding and imprisoning those who didn’t believe as he did (most notably Christians), and he was implicated in their torture and murder.
But on the road to Damascus (on the road to committing more injustice against Christians) he was stopped in his tracks by a vision of Jesus saying:
“Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.
Someone like Saul had no incentive to listen… he had the backing of all the authorities of his day, and he had his own reputation as a scholar and upstanding leader. But, he did listen. That was the miracle which allowed God to make him, Paul, into a real champion.
We too… as ‘works in progress’ are often like Saul. Sure, we might not be implicated in torture and murder, but we certainly can be implicated in being invested and committed to our way of doing things… with no incentive to listen. This is the biggest blockade to change and growth… no incentive to listen.
Listen now… what could change?