When we commit our lives to follow Christ we are no longer the same.
Reference: v.19 "'Lord,' I replied, 'these men know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you." (NIV Bible)
Explore: Paul had a decent understanding of what was going on in this situation. While he stood as the one being persecuted there had been a time when he had stood on the other side calling for a follower of the Way to be persecuted. It seems that his life had taken a total 180 degree turn around.
Application: When we commit our lives to follow Christ we are no longer the same. While we may look the same and even complete the same tasks in our job or in our home it is our heart and our purpose that is transformed. We no longer live for human approval or for earthly gain but we strive to live for God and bring His love and mercy here on earth. The crowd and officials did not even recognise Paul as a Jew or as one trained in the law. He was totally transformed by an encounter with God. How has your life changed from experiencing God? If an old school friend was to meet you now could they see a difference in you?
Prayer: Lord, You gave us everything when you sent Your Son to die on the cross. So often we are protective over the lifestyle we lead. May we have the courage to surrender everything to You. Amen.
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.