Monday, October 13, 2008

Acts 26:1-23

If you look at the life of Jesus, you will see certain patterns. For instance, he regularly withdraws from the crowds to a deserted place and spends time alone with God. He attends synagogue every week. He reads Scripture and prays. All these are patterns to be emulated by anyone who would follow Jesus.

In the book of Acts, and more specifically in the life of Paul, there are also patterns. Have you noticed them? This is not, for instance, the first time Paul has told his story. Look, for instance, back at Acts 21:37 to 22:16. Notice how similar these passages are?

It was part of the pattern of Paul’s life to tell the story of his conversion whenever he had the opportunity to do so. And I’d suggest that, too, is a pattern of we should emulate.

Have you ever thought about your story? How did you come to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? It doesn’t always have to be a dramatic conversion experience. Maybe your relationship with Jesus has grown out of faithfully being in church week in and week out as long as you remember. That’s a great story. It needs to be told.

I came to intentionally follow Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior on May 18, 1973. It was that night I knelt and asked Jesus to come into my heart, forgive me my sin, and lead me from there all the days of my life. It is a prayer that has made all the difference in my life.

How often do you tell your story? Can you think of opportunities where you might have the chance to do so?

Bearing witness to others about what God has done for us in Jesus Christ is an essential part of being a Christian. Before we get hung up on other things, such as sexuality which is all the rage today, I’d suggest we tend to getting this most fundamental, most basic piece of our own faith right.

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