The conversion of Paul in Acts 9 helps us to understand that one’s own personal testimony of a transformed life and relationship with Jesus is a prerequisite for bold witnessing. Not everyone is going to have as dramatic a conversion as Paul. However, everyone should have a personal testimony. Every Christian has been dramatically converted by the love and grace of Jesus Christ. Those who understand that best will be the most active in their Christian witness. In order to be an effective witness, our lives must give evidence of a transformation. The key verse in Paul’s testimony is 9:22, “But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ.” People can argue with you about the Bible and religion, but they cannot argue with a life that has been transformed.
Several years ago, I asked my church family to begin praying about their “ONE.” Each person’s “ONE” was one unbeliever that we would commit to pray for, to build a relationship with, and to engage in a conversation about the Gospel. We have seen in our church several of these “ones” profess their faith in Christ. As I read Paul’s testimony today in Acts 9 I am encouraged all the more to pray that these “ones” might come to faith in Christ.
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com.