Saul to Paul or Paul to Saul

Posted: February 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

We have all heard growing up that Paul was once a man named Saul.  Saul was a persecutor of the church and hated all Christians.  He was on his way to gather Christians and bring them back where he would have them killed if not kill them himself.  He was then blinded by Jesus and from that road to Damascus, Saul’s life was changed.  He was blind, but now he can see.  He believed in Jesus and just like that, he became an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.  We read his writings throughout the new testament about the sold out life he lived for Jesus.  In Galatians chapter 1 Paul tells a little about the life he used to live before Jesus, but also tells about the life he now lives in Christ.  I encourage you to check it out.

That made me start thinking about our lives.  Before we became a follower of Jesus we too once lived a life of disobedience and selfish gain.  Then we meet Christ and our lives are changed.  But, how much are they changed? Do we change at all? We should.  We will have this high that we can’t express or put into words for a little while.  It’s kind of like going to church camp.  Everyone comes back on fire for Jesus, then after a week of being back in the world with our friends from school, television, music that isn’t glorifying God and the things we hear and see on the news, newspapers, magazines etc… we lose that fire because instead of living a transformed life in Christ we go back to conforming to the things of this world (Romans 12:2). Which begs the question. Do we live a life where are new name is apparent and remains, or do we go back to our old name? What I mean by that is Saul’s name was changed, he became a new creature in Christ and his new name became Paul.  The old man was dead and he lived a free and transformed life in Christ. If we have truly given our life to Jesus then we too should be a new creature in Christ, our old self should be dead, but is it? To often I see “Christians” living their old life all the time claiming to be a follower of Jesus.  We can not straddle the fence when it comes to our lives.  We are either on one side or the other, there is no in between.  I want to encourage you today to figure out where you stand with Christ, if you are a new creature then you should be a new man.  You should live it 24/7 you should show God’s love by your actions, the way you speak and the way you lead others. 

It’s time for us Christ followers to grow up and be the new person we are called to be.  The person that Jesus died for. Lay that old man to rest for good, and live your life with your new name.

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