Today's devotion picks up in Acts right after Saul, a man who had a dangerous reputation of persecuting Christians, becomes an example of a changed life. Saul gives his life to Christ and is immediately changed. He's filled with the Holy Spirit and begins telling others about Jesus. (Acts 9:17-31)
We see many examples in Scripture of how God speaks to, changes, and then uses His people. It's all over the place. He speaks through visions, dreams, His voice, people, circumstances, prayer, and the Word. Today's story shows the power of how God can change the trajectory of a life. Saul went to Damascus to imprison and stop Christians, but he left as a sold-out, completely transformed Christian. His conversion is quick and altogether radical. He immediately begins to seek out conversations with people. Saul tells people about the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus and works hard to prove it. He does this through the lens of his own story.
You and I are needed right where we are. God chooses normal, unqualified everyday sinners like you and me to show and tell others about Jesus. He calls us to be difference makers for the Kingdom. We are to be bold even if we're not confident, we fumble over our words, or if we fear persecution. The Holy Spirit will help us use our own story to point people to Christ and use our words as His. May we also be evidence of a changed life.