What’s your story?
11 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
13 For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. 14 I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being. 17 I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus.
18 Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord’s brother. 20 I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie.
21 Then I went to Syria and Cilicia. 22 I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. 23 They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they praised God because of me
Everyone has a story. Our story in Christ describes how we came to know Jesus and how Jesus has worked and is working in our lives. Paul had a story. Jesus saved Paul to be a world-changer. Salvation was the first step for the plan that God had for Paul’s life.
God has a plan for our lives and salvation is the first step. We come to know Jesus by grace through faith. That first step is followed by a life of steps and each step takes us into God’s plan for our lives. What is the plan that God has for you? You can discover it by taking the first step of putting your faith in Jesus. After that, there is a next step. What is the step God wants you to make today?
To discover more, listen to my message on oneplace.com, “God has made Himself known-part 2”. https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/truth-that-changes-lives/?ref=sc Make sure you listen to the very end to hear my summary and application comments. You can download the oneplace app to your smartphone or podcast Truth that Changes Lives so that you can listen anytime. Right now I am teaching through the book of Galatians and a new message is available every Monday-Friday.