When it comes to personal missions and telling others about Jesus, I know of no more powerful witness to the transformation God can do than your own life. I was just reading this morning of a man in a Muslim country who came across a New Testament Bible. Beginning to read Matthew’s Gospel, he came to chapter 5 and immediately saw that the attitudes Jesus taught were not those of Islam. He started living by these principles. His family saw a remarkable difference in his life and asked why. This led to the whole family accepting Jesus as their Savior. The story is still growing.
Though Paul was “still unknown in person to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. They only were hearing it said, “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” And they glorified God because of me” (Galatians 1:22–24). Persecutor to preacher!
Both of these examples should deeply challenge our thinking. The Church in Saul’s day did not have an ‘evangelism program’ aimed at persecutors or any other group. They learned though, to be open to the Holy Spirit and His directions. As mentioned a few days ago, Ananias had his spiritual eyes opened to see how God was working in a different way than before.
Notice the effect of Saul’s conversion on those who heard about it. Persons who previously limited the way God could work in conversion, “glorified God because of me.” This was the same mind-changing process that Peter had to go through when Gentiles started coming into the Church.
Have we built walls in our minds and hearts that limit how God can work to reach the world? Would you ask God to reveal a person or people group that needs to hear the gospel through you.
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