Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
New Sunday: Jesus Christ Our Lord and God
Acts 9 1-18
v5,6 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
This passage in the book of Acts presents the all familiar conversion experience of Saul on his journey to Damascus. Saul’s conversion experience is one of the most dramatic (and miraculous) conversion experiences ever recorded. It is ‘dramatic’ in nature in the way Jesus suddenly appeared to hin in a flash from heaven followed by the heart piercing dialogue that happens where Jesus comes face to face and tells Saul that He is Jesus whom Saul has been persecuting. It is ‘miraculous’ in nature because till that very moment Saul’s only mission in life was to kill or imprison Christians (know at that time as ‘those that belonged to the Way’). Saul has just murdered Stephen and was on a mission to kill may more believers.
While the conversion experience will vary greatly from person to person, all Christians have to continually praise and thank God for His saving grace. No matter what the degree of the conversion experience may be, ultimately an encounter with God changes a person for life. A true conversion experience will lead to the converted confessing with their mouth the dramatics change they see in their life and perspective.
Paul (Saul renamed) testifies to Timothy (Timothy 1)
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
There is a vast difference between intellectual belief and the total conversion that saves the soul.
May our conversion experience result in the complete renewing of the mind, becoming more like Jesus, so we may discern the pleasing will of God. Amen
St. Johns MTC, New York
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church