Read Galatians 1:11-24
Can you imagine being a believer in the early Church? Imagine knowing Paul from his Saul days and then seeing the transformation in his life after the gospel was revealed to him. If you’re like me, you would probably be skeptical of the change in Paul’s life. Eventually, we would realize that he is genuine. We would be amazed and we would be praising Jesus! Paul was such a different man after he met Jesus that he needed a completely new name to represent his new identity.
When I read this passage, I think about how powerful the message of the gospel is. It is so powerful that Saul, a man who had dedicated his entire life to persecuting Christians, completely turned away from his old ways.
That reality offers us great hope. He can transform us too! God empowered Paul to then go and preach the gospel to surrounding nations. Just like Paul, we are empowered and commanded to spread the gospel.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
I challenge you to share the gospel with someone this week and invite them to church. Share this good news with your family, friends, co-workers, or someone that you encounter at the grocery store.
“But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased 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.” Galatians 1:15-16
We need to be like this. God has commanded us to spread His gospel; let us not allow the doubts of this world to distract us from the Lord’s commands.