Evan Palmer has been a member of Resurrection since 2002. Evan graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in International Relations and worships at Resurrection’s Downtown campus.
One of my favorite people in the Bible is Paul. Paul, once a self-righteous, pompous man, known for condemning and killing Christians, was completely transformed into a man of great humility and submission. God called him His “chosen instrument” to carry His name to the nations (Acts 9:15-16). Paul’s transformation was drastic. We believe that Saul (Paul’s name before becoming a Christian) heard Peter’s defense of the Gospel in front of the Sanhedrin. Five short chapters later (Acts 9), Paul meets Jesus on the road to Damascus, is blinded by the Lord’s light, continues to Damascus (as the Lord instructed), tells Ananias what happened, regains his sight, and is baptized. Paul, once a murderer of Christians, was now launched on a life path that made him a martyr for Jesus Christ.
Paul’s life is a testimony that no one is beyond God’s reach. Through his story, the Lord continues to pursue the lives of many. I think one of Paul’s best attributes was his humility. Paul refers to himself as “the least of all the apostles” and goes on to state he is not even worthy of the title (1 Corinthians 15:9). Basically, Paul believed if he could be a Christian, it was possible for anyone. People were drawn to him, despite his past. People could, and continue to, see parts of their own stories through Paul’s. I imagine Gentiles and Pharisees hearing Paul share his story and thinking, perhaps for the first time, “Maybe I can follow Jesus, too.” I believe the Lord can shape us through a variety of means, but the testimony of people helps to bring our faith to life.
My prayer for my life and yours is that we draw people to Christ and not away. My hope is that, like Paul, we let ourselves to be used as instruments for the Lord—that we are reminded of our need for redemption, and approach each situation with a humble spirit, and a willingness to love. As noted in today’s GPS, Paul wrote to the Church at Corinth, encouraging them to allow their lives to be a “letter from Christ” (2 Corinthians 3:3). In the same spirit, I pray that we open our lives to be testimonies of God’s unconditional love and grace to everyone around us.
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