We, in the the last post, started looking at the encounter that God had Saul who later becomes the apostle Paul. Look to Acts 9 and get picture of what happened and how God encountered Saul. Click here to read Acts 9:1-25. In the last post we looked at knowing that unbelievers can change and be converted and once someone is converted it should become “not I but Christ” and that should show clearly in our lives. That then leads to the next thoughts along these lines..
Here is the truth of the matter; Jesus wants us to know Him for who He is. When Jesus encountered Saul on the road to Damascus, He did not give reasons nor did he try to re-interpret Old Testament Scriptures. Jesus simply told Saul in verse 5, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting ". Meeting Jesus was enough to transform Saul’s life and it is enough to transform yours! Jesus encounters us so that we can really get to know who he is! Paul writes in Philippians 3:10 – that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death. Do you know Him like this? Do you know His power? Do you see his power in your life? If someone were to ask you to prove you know Jesus like this, what would you say? Would you say you go to church? Would you say pray and read the Bible sometimes? Would you say you listen to Christian radio? Those things are all good but I do not think they are proof of knowing Jesus – a transformed life is proof – you are different today than you were yesterday because of the power of Christ in your life! You speak differently, you talk about Christ and not other people, you have the joy of the Lord in your heart and written all over your face! That is how people will know you have been transformed! Again I ask – could someone look at your actions, words, behaviors and see that you know Him and that you have been transformed by Jesus? If you are a believer in Christ, I pray so!
Here is the real deal; after an encounter with Jesus, our life is pointed in a different direction. Obviously, Saul was coming to Damascus to arrest Christians. But after encountering Jesus Christ, he began preaching as we read in verse 20, He was preaching “immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God ". Saul did the opposite in Damascus for which he came – he came to arrest but then preached. Are you living in the opposite manor as you were before you met Jesus? Are you living a little bit different or are you radically different! We need to be radically different from what we once were – that is transformation and that is the transformation we see here with Saul! He is radically transformed! Have you been radically transformed by Christ?
What would you say are evidences of a transformed life? Any other thoughts to share?