A Heart Completely Transformed

“Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me.’ ”

– Acts 26:15,16

Yesterday, I shared with you how the disciple Paul, who later became an apostle, expressed his desire to know Christ and to become like Christ. It is Paul who is credited with writing much of the New Testament, which we read and study in all of our churches today. Paul was a driven disciple, and this is something that I think is very interesting. This man who was once a Pharisee was turned around, and was able to have his heart completely transformed after he encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus.

Despite having the law tattooed on his heart, he discovered the one thing that brought him life was not the law itself but rather the power of the resurrection and the Holy Spirit. It was as if he had thick, impermeable skin like the honey badger. There was nothing anyone could do to keep this dedicated disciple down. Whenever he was beaten up, he would get right back up again. A boat accident would sink him, or he would be dragged into prison. While going through all of these things, he would still continue to pursue Christ and be excited about life!

My friend, Paul’s transformed heart was the result of his goal, which was to suffer. It sounds strange and not very modern to want to suffer. Most of us spend our lives trying not to suffer, but for Paul, it’s suffering so he can become more like Jesus. Be encouraged the Lord will use our testing and trials to make us more like Christ and mold us into His likeness.

Prayer


Father, thank you for molding me into Christ’s likeness through my trials and testing.

Reflection


Have you experienced the power of the resurrection and the Holy Spirit?

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