11 For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel preached by me is not of human origin. 12 For I did not receive it from a human source and I was not taught it, but it came by a revelation of Jesus Christ.
13 For you have heard about my former way of life in Judaism: I intensely persecuted God’s church and tried to destroy it. 14 I advanced in Judaism beyond many contemporaries among my people, because I was extremely zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. 15 But when God, who from my mother’s womb set me apart and called me by his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son in me, so that I could preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone. 17 I did not go up to Jerusalem to those who had become apostles before me; instead I went to Arabia and came back to Damascus.
18 Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem to get to know Cephas, and I stayed with him fifteen days. 19 But I didn’t see any of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother. 20 I declare in the sight of God: I am not lying in what I write to you.
21 Afterward, I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 I remained personally unknown to the Judean churches that are in Christ. 23 They simply kept hearing: “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they glorified God because of me.
In these verses Paul brings up the reality of his past. Before God saved him Paul persecuted the very church he spent his missionary life building up. Paul once sought to kill all those who believed in the God that he later surrendered his life to. In this scripture Paul speaks of how people in many regions didn’t have a personal relationship with him. These people simply knew that he used to be a very different version of himself than he was after God saved him. The last verse in this passage of scripture points us to what matters most. No matter our background our deepest desire should be that God would be glorified in us, through us, and because of us.
No one is too far gone, no story is too dark, nothing is beyond the redemption of Christ. Believe today that regardless of how disqualified you might feel, it is God’s salvation and grace that qualifies you to glorify Him, and it’s truly the most rewarding thing you can do.
Father, please give me the grace needed to live a life that would lead others to glorify You because of me.
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