“By the grace of God I am what I am…” 1 Corinthians 15:10
There are many powerful stories of physical healing in the New Testament, but some of the most powerful testimonies are of the healing of an infected soul. Such was the case with Paul. He was a man with a past, and was not ashamed to tell it. Several times when he spoke or preached to the multitudes, he began by sharing his personal story. While speaking in Jerusalem, Paul began by revealing his past.
I persecuted the followers of Christ even to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, as also the high priest and all the Council can testify. I even obtained letters from them to their brothers in Damascus, and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished” (Acts 22:3-5).
Paul admitted that he had sinned against Jesus Christ and those who called themselves Christians. He was a murderer. But then he continued:
“About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, `Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’
“Who are you, Lord?’ I asked.
“I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me.
“What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked.
“Get up,’ the Lord said, `and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do’” (Acts 22:6-10).
Paul began by telling who he was and what he had done, and then told of the amazing transformation that occurred in him the moment he believed. He didn’t sugarcoat his past or try to justify his actions. He simply said, “This is who I was. I met Jesus face to face and this is who I am now.”
What a great example for us. It’s not difficult to share our personal stories of redemption. We don’t have to be a polished speaker and say all the right words. We simply tell the story of how we came to know Jesus and what He has done in our lives. It’s simple.
“This is who I was. I met Jesus face to face, and this is who I am now.”
Can you do that in two sentences? That’s my challenge for you today. Tell your story and help someone today.
Dear LORD, I am so grateful that I am not who I was. Thank You for meeting me on the road of life and calling me to Yourself. I love You, Jesus. I long to love You even more.