“And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
In the last episode, we talked about the power of God being a formidable force that has the capacity to transform the life of an individual, by revealing to him/her the purpose for his/her existence. The life of Jacob was given as an example in the last episode, as we saw a total transformation of a man who was a supplanter, to a man who became the father of Israel.
In today’s episode, we will be talking about our last example under this category. There was a man, named Saul, who thought he was zealous for God, by persecution Christian’s, but unknown to him, he was persecuting Jesus Christ (Acts 9:5). This is the irony today, as the world experiences on a daily basis, a rise of various insurrections, who kill and maim Christians, in the name of having zeal for God.
If you ask a terrorist about his rationale for the killings, he would tell you that he is doing God’s work, but unknown to him, he is persecuting Jesus Christ. Saul was in this position, but never realized that he channeled his zeal wrongly, until he met God.
Saul was a man of great zeal, which made him stand out as one of the greatest Apostles that walked through the earth, but this great level of commitment could not find the right expression outside God. The purpose of every individual is found in God, and until that individual encounters Him, his/her purpose remains a mirage.
“The purpose of every individual is found in God, and until that individual encounters Him, his/her purpose remains a mirage”.
There are many people, God created to be pastors, who would propagate His gospel through the earth, but today, they are armed robbers, terrorists, cultists and so on, because they are functioning outside God.
Imagine if Saul died without an encounter with God, his existence on the earth, would have been a total waste. Apostle Paul came to the consciousness of his calling, through his encounter with God, hence he was able to channel his zeal to the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was attributed to have written over twelve (12) books in the New Testament, shedding light on the deep mysteries of God. This is what an encounter with God can do.
It is however important that, we trace our ways back to God, for in Him lies our purpose, and until we encounter Him, we might end up channeling our zeals for the wrong purpose, which would count as a waste of existence.
Please keep a date with us tommorow, as we continue with the part 5 of this teaching series.
God bless you.