Earlier this week, I wrote about the power of testimonies. I thought it would be helpful to look at someone in Scripture who wasn’t afraid to tell others about how Jesus changed his life.
The Apostle Paul had quite a story to share – reading through the Book of Acts gives us a great overview of it. For now, let’s zero in on Chapter 22, one of the first times he relates the details of his dramatic conversion.
Remember when I mentioned three qualities that make a testimony compelling for me? Well, I found all of them in abundance in this passage. Check out these excerpts:
Paul’s story was honest
He wasn’t afraid to confess his mistakes, his faults, his sin, which helps me relate to him.
“I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, as also the high priest and all the Council can testify. I even obtained letters from them to their brothers in Damascus, and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished.” (v. 4-5)
Paul’s story was specific
The descriptions he included help me feel like I’m there – I can almost experience the events with him as he remembers them.
“About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’ ‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked. ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied.” (v.6-8)
Paul’s story was God-centered
A thread of praise runs through his whole tale, challenging me to acknowledge God’s authority and His Will for me.
“Then he said: ‘The God of our fathers has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.” (v. 14-15)
I hope Paul’s story can inspire you as you write your own!