As I was reading this morning I came across a verse in Acts. It says..
Afterward he ate some food and regained strength. Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days and immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God!” Acts 9:19-20 (NLT)
This is right after Saul’s conversion. Can you imagine. There are so many aspects of this story. First of all Saul was known as the one who was murdering believers. I can’t help but to put myself in the shoes of the believers. If I saw Saul coming towards me I may be a little nervous, and I am pretty sure it would be hard for me to believe anything that Saul was saying. If this happened today we would be so quick to call Saul a “hypocrite.” Why? Do we not believe that Jesus can really radically change someone? Did it happen to fast for us to believe it? Has the Lord not shown up in our own lives that way, that we just can’t fathom Him doing that for someone else?….And then there is Saul. I am sure he is well aware of his past, what he has done and what people are most likely thinking of him… yet he went and told about Jesus. Here is where the story really grabbed me. We find it in verse 20…
Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days and immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God!”
After all Saul had done, after the name that he had made for himself he still immediately went. I just can’t bring myself to believe that after only a few days staying, talking and learning from the believers in Damascus Saul had it all figured out… yet he went and shared Jesus. Why? Because he had been radically changed by the radical love of God? He shared what he knew. He shared it immediately. He wasn’t concerned with the questions that he may get asked. He didn’t care what people thought of him. What he knew was that Jesus was the Son of God. What he knew was that Jesus loves with a radical love not based on our past or condition… and that was enough for him to immediately go and tell.So what is our excuse? Why do we not go and tell? Has the Lord not shown us a radical love? Has He not changed our lives through the one and only Son of God, Jesus Christ? Is that not enough to go and tell….?My challenge to myself and you who may be reading this is to go and tell. Go boldly. Tell your story. Tell what God has done for you and how He has changed you. Saul didn’t have all the answers yet he went. We don’t have to have all the answers. The answers are not what change lives.. Jesus is. So go, go boldly and tell of the radical love of Jesus and how your life has never been the same. Our job is to go and tell.. His job is to change hearts.