Last week I was reading about Paul’s conversion.
A man who spareheaded numerous atrocities against the early church, whose reputation evoked fear in the early Christians and was known far and wide, suddenly shows up and says “I’m one of you now!” (Acts 9:21)
Would you have believed it? Would it have seemed a little too good to be true?
Thankfully, God intervened and confirmed his conversion to some of the early believers or Paul would have easily lost his life. (Acts 9:15, 23-27)
Not only were the early church members skeptical, but the Sanhedrin pack he used to run with considered him persona non grata now that he was no longer their instrument.
What a position to be in!
Someone else would have easily thrown in the towel and declared this not worth the hassle.
Have you ever felt like that?
Maybe you had a reputation before your encounter with Jesus, but you’ve been earnestly trying to serve Him ever since your Damascus encounter. (Acts 9:3-7)
Yet, you can’t seem to catch a break.
The folks you used to hang out with have no use for you; after all you do things a lot differently from them now. They are sure that this phase will pass and place bets on how long you’d last.
And well, the church you’ve begun attending, let’s just say you’re still waiting for the warm welcome. The folks seem more taken up with your past instead of being happy about your present.
That can be super discouraging.
Or maybe folks aren’t the problem, but you are!
The voice in your head won’t let you believe that you’ve changed, that you’re worthy, that you’re good enough.
Well, it’s time to stop listening to that fickle voice and start listening to God.
He wants you to know that:
Luke 12:7 (NIV) – You are valuable.
Ephesians 1:11 (NIV) – You are chosen.
Psalm 27:10 (CSB) – He will never abandon you.
Matthew 5:11-12 (NLT) – A reward awaits those who face persecution for His sake.
Friend, no one said that this road would be an easy one. And at times we all fall prey to the enemy’s darts of doubt.
But it is not about the number of times we fall, but that we get up after each tumble. (1 John 2:1)
Remember, God’s grace is abundant and available and His power shines through our lowest moments. (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV)
So don’t give up.