Thursday, January 10th
Galatians 1:23-24 (Passion Translation)
23 The only thing they heard about me was this: “Our former enemy, who once brutally persecuted us, is now preaching the good news of the faith that he was once obsessed with destroying!” 24 Because of the transformation that took place in my life, they praised God even more!
One of the biggest hinderances to people overcoming their pasts is other people. Countless times, people who have had an encounter with the saving and delivering power of Jesus, walk into a church building only to be shunned by those who should be celebrating them. While Paul had been terrorizing the church relentlessly, the very people he had been persecuting, accepted him and eventually his ministry. The Church was established to welcome those who needed encouragement and healing, not to filter them out. The fact that the believers of Paul’s day accepted and empowered him is the reason why he ultimately became who he was in the Kingdom. How many potential evangelists, pastors, and teachers have never stepped into the place God had ordained for them because they were shunned by the church. True believers celebrate transformation, not only in themselves but in others as well. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff.