I love to read the writings of the Apostle Paul. Here is an example of a person radically changed by the love of Christ. Following his Damascus Road transformation, he was willfully consumed by the task of proclaiming the Good News. But to appreciate Paul’s new found attitude, we have to remember who Paul was before that extraordinary day.
Paul, formerly named Saul, was a Pharisee. This means he was not an ordinary Jewish citizen, but in fact a well-educated, highly intelligent student of the scripture. He knew the written laws of God intimately and would have strictly followed them from an early age. Yet, he lacked genuine knowledge of the Word made flesh.
Saul began his life as one of the most notorious characters of the Bible. Not only did he once hate the Church and all it stood for, he was determined to drive Christ followers out from among the Jewish people. He believed it was his responsibility to jail them, to terrorize them, and even murder them in the name of righteousness. He was someone to fear and someone far from Christ.
Then something miraculous happened –Jesus confronted Saul on the road to Damascus. In His grace and mercy, Jesus did not do to Saul what Saul had done to others. Instead, He speaks to Saul in a tone of offered forgiveness.
Wow! Here we are at the bottom of the ninth ending, and our series is coming to a close. We have rounded all the bases and are headed to home plate. Home plate represents “connection to God”. In others words, what is your relationship to God –are you connected?
Consider this, no one can get to first base without starting at home plate, nor can anyone finish a run without returning and crossing over home plate. The Bible says, Jesus is “the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.” (Revelation 1:8) In order to run the bases successfully, we need to align our lives in such a way that He permeates it from beginning to end. Every time we run the bases in order something amazing happens –we strengthen our walk with Christ, and our relationship with Him is more balanced. Life becomes less about us and more about Him. John the Baptist said it best:
Dear Family and Friends,
Today I am so grateful to be able to tell you that Love Echoed Back has been officially released by Westbow Press!
Currently, you can purchase a softcover, hardcover, or e-book copy through various online stores, such as www.westbowpress.com, www.amazon.com, or www.barnesandnoble.com. It will be available in regular bookstores soon. Be one of the first to receive a copy! And, don’t forget to go to www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com and write a review.
Please feel free to share this post with family and friends!! With the release of the book, I am looking forward to going out and sharing what Jesus has done – so if you have a church, a small group, a men’s or women’s group, or any other event that would be an appropriate venue, I would love to come and share my story in person! You can communicate those requests through my blog’s Contact Page.
Can’t wait to see how God will use this book!
Humbly walking with Him,