Welcome to Redeem the Commute. I’m Ryan, your host for this daily challenge. It’s Thursday, the day we try to apply and live out what we’ve learned this week from the Bible. This week we’ve been studying the story of Saul, a mercenary hunting Christians, and his transformation into Paul, one of the world’s leading Christian leaders!
At the end of the story, God had sent a Christian named Ananias to meet Saul and baptize him as a member of the church.
Imagine how hard it would have been to seek out the man he probably knew was coming to town to arrest him and other Christians, and to trust God enough to put himself in harm’s way and believe a man whose hatred and led to the arrest and death of other Christians?
Why did God choose Saul? God could have used anyone. Perhaps he chose Saul to be an extreme example of how he changes lives. If he could change a guy like Saul, he could change anyone!
Now, he did have a dramatic story – it involves a murderous mercenary transforming into a peaceful proclaimer of the message he once hated. It involves a dramatic horse accident, a flash of light and a voice from heaven. Amazing, dramatic, a story worth repeating.
But rest assured, not every Christian has such a dramatic story. Mine certainly isn’t – it involves growing up in a Christian family, attending a good church, learning to be a Christian leader in high school, and a calling to serve as a minister. No single moment of dramatic transformation, but daily, weekly, yearly choices to follow Jesus.
So, not everyone has a story ready for TV, BUT every Christian should have a story of how Jesus changed them, and how their life would have been different without following Jesus.
Challenge: If someone asked how following Jesus has changed your life, how would you answer? Now, how can you make that apparent to even those who haven’t asked?