READ: Acts 22:1-21; Acts 26:1-32
- Twice more in Acts, Luke retells Paul’s story. Once, he records Paul in Jerusalem after his arrest. Then, in Caesarea before King Agrippa and Festus. The stories in Acts 9 and 22 are essentially the same. The retelling in Acts 26 concentrates more on the aftermath, the subsequent preaching of the gospel (Acts 9:20-31). In each case the story contains the key components: Saul was attacking the church, Jesus showed up, Saul responded in obedience.
- The reversals in the story are amazing: Saul turns from seeing to being blind (his confident swagger gives way to ignorance of who is speaking). He moves from leading captives to being led. His authority turns into dependence. He goes from a man on a mission to one waiting for what to do. He goes from confident action to hesitant waiting for instruction. He goes from exercising power to being overpowered. His world gets turned upside down.
- That may be the point. The story is the reminder in the pages of Acts that whenever the gospel is preached, the potential for a world changing reversal occurs. Like Saul, our old ways are often so ingrained, it takes a minor catastrophe to get our attention. But, when we listen, God can not only turn our world upside down, He can use us to turn the world upside down. All it takes is a willingness to be used.
- How many different ways has God changed your story?
- How many different ways can you tell your story?
- When was the last time you shared your story with someone else?
PRAY: Thank God for turning your world upside down. Pray that you are a catalyst in doing the same. Commit to letting God use you to tell His story through yours.