One of the marks of Paul’s life and ministry was that he displayed a consistent zeal for the Lord. This in itself is a proof of the power of Christ that worked in Paul at his conversion. If nothing else, the sufferings he received at the hands of the Jews and trials he went through for the gospel never caused him to deviate from a deep passion for Christ and His message to the Church.
Was the strength of his zeal and commitment just because of the dramatic conversion experience? I don’t think so. Was the power and scope of his ministry something that no one else could ever experience? Perhaps not to the same extent or with the same degree of intensity. I am afraid that most of our excuses for not being driven by the power of the Holy Spirit and knowing Christ in the same way Paul did is because we doubt God can work in the same way today. Has God changed?
As Paul was witnessing to King Agrippa, and the point of persuasion was getting close, “Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains”” (Acts 26:29). Even before those of high earthly status, he never weakened his passion and desire to present the gospel so others would be saved.
Paul holds out this same standard for all of us. “But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31). The “more excellent way” was total commitment to Jesus Christ. When this desire consumes our hearts, we will see God work in amazing ways for His glory and the salvation of the very last unreached people group!
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