This morning as I read Jesus’ words to Paul on the Damascus Road, “I have appeared to you for this purpose…to make you a minister and a witness [of Me].” (Acts 26:16-) I was reminded of my own journey. Paul was knocked off his religious high horse, his cause–killing followers of Jesus–and given the radical command to witness FOR Jesus. Now that’s a humiliating paradigm shift of purpose!
I have been guilty of being zealous for the wrong things myself–all for God’s sake of course. I was concerned with keeping the law, appearance of evil, eating perfectly, dressing perfectly and then of course–judging perfectly–especially those who weren’t as zealous as me. I didn’t kill people in the physical sense, but I know I left a few strewn along the roadside in a spiritual sense.
Then Jesus appeared to me…I had to choose. My religion or Him–a single-minded relationship with Him. It may sound silly to some, but the decision was hard–a paradigm shift of thinking and being, not to mention the admission that I had been focusing on all the wrong stuff before. My pride did not want to admit that.
Wow! What a change it has been. Now that I’ve dropped the religious ’cause’ I actually have a living, breathing, dynamic life with the Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of it. I’ve been saved from that narrow, legalistic, dead life and say with Paul, “I am determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2)
Question for the day….Does Jesus Christ fill our purpose?
Doodle response for January 24, 2015, #106