Evidence | Devotional
‘But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ’. (NKJV)
When I came across this scripture while studying its insight leaped into my heart with conviction and I asked myself “could this be said of me?” When we study the life of the Apostle Paul, we see a man Divinely called by God, like many of us. The road to Damascus conversion is not so different from a small Baptist Church in Baldwin Park, California or any altar, car, bus, office, bedroom, etc., what we do with that experience determines the evidence or ‘proving that this Jesus is the Christ’. Saul was a man on the road of destruction who was broadsided by Jesus and recognized the moment, yielded, and received his marching orders.
Now there was a community who knew Saul but had yet to know Paul, and some of his first appearances greeted him with fear and assurance. The Jews greeted him with assurance that their agenda would be carried out, the local Church was in fear of the coming persecution. But, as he spoke a change was evident, his demeanor was gentle, and his countenance was illuminated, something had occurred, this man was no longer whom the Jews expected nor the Christians for that matter.
In our speech and actions, our lifestyles or employment, do we prove that this Jesus is the Christ? What is it that defines Christ daily in our lives and is there a progression? What is the evidence that convicts us as Christians that separates us from unbelievers in this world? As a new year is birth, let us prove that this Jesus is the Christ, let us increase in strength and resolve of the great commission, remember only you can promote spiritual fires...
Heavenly Father, I desire for the change you have done in my life to become more evident day by day, but this can only happen if I yield to Your Word, Your Spirit, and Your direction daily. This is my heart’s desire, to let my life minister the Gospel of Christ Jesus, to grow in strength and knowledge of Your Kingdom, and I believe the time is now to cast off any hindrance, any attitude, anything that prevents me from proving that this Jesus whom I believe in, who rescued me, and loved me to death, is the Christ, wherever I am, whatever I am doing, for as long as I live, in the name of Christ Jesus, I pray. (Gal. 2:20)