“I was on my way and approaching Damascus…”(Acts 22:6a). We have already read Luke’s account of Paul’s conversion. Now we read Paul’s words as he shared the story of his conversion. We will hear Paul tell the story again later in Acts. He tells his story. The people are quiet and listening carefully at first. By the time he finishes telling the story he says a “magic word” that leads to people throwing off their jackets, shouting, and throwing dust in the air. There is a lot to process in this account, but as I read it today I am thinking about how I need to be prepared to tell my story of encountering God and becoming a follower of Jesus. In fact, all of us who follow Jesus should share our story. Are you ready?
If we are to take seriously the call to take Jesus to the world, perhaps we should take a few minutes to remember what this world is really like.
“Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. . . ‘” (John 1:40-42 a).
The first thing Andrew did upon recognizing Jesus as Messiah was find his brother Simon and tell him about Jesus. Wrestling with this passage raises questions in my mind.
- Do I have the same sense of urgency about telling people about Jesus?
- Do I tell people about Jesus?
- Do I talk/argue religion with people or tell them about Jesus?
- If telling people about Jesus is not a priority, have I really believed?
- If I am not telling people about Jesus, am I really following Jesus?
- When is the last time I have told someone, “Jesus is God?”
- When is the last time I have talked to someone about following Jesus?
Thank you for Your Son, Jesus.
Forgive me for starting religious discussions.
Fill my heart with love, that I may talk about Jesus.
And give me a sense of priority, even urgency about these conversations.
In Jesus’ name,