Daily Devotion - October 30, 2020 - God Is Changing Me

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – October 30, 2020
Reading: Acts 26:2-29
Weekly Theme: God Can Change Lives
Today: God is Changing Me

Throughout the pandemic, I have been posting devotions...this has been a new and different experience for me. I try to post 5 per week, typically Monday through Friday. During this time I have shared the Scripture I read for my personal devotion each morning and my thoughts about these readings. Often times I share personal stories from my life that speak to how God has changed me. As I have shared, many times now, I was raised by Christian parents and realize now that this was God’s grace at work in my life before I even knew what the word grace meant. I came to know Christ at 6 years old...and I believe God began to change me then. And God has not stopped changing me and forming me. With every Bible verse I read, every prayer I pray, every Christian sister or brother I talk to, every experience in my life...God changes me. God knows exactly what I am doing right this minute, and in this very moment. God is continuously forming me and reforming me. I was saved by God’s grace at six but each moment since then I am continuously being formed and made more and more complete in Christ.

Paul, as a child, was raised as a very devout, law-abiding Jew. As it turns out, his faith was in the laws rather than in God. But one day as he was on the road to Damascus, God totally did a complete make-over on Paul and changed his life. In today’s passage, Paul gives a step by step account of his testimony of exactly how God changed him from a Jew who ruthlessly engaged in persecuting early Christians, to a man who, under God’s direction, who was the most effective church planter ever. God changed his life from one that was cold and callous and full of hatred for Christ followers to one full of passion for Christ, dedicated to sharing the word with whomever God placed in front of him. In today’s passage, Paul unashamedly shares his faith with Festus, the governor of the province of Judea, who calls him crazy, and with King Agrippa, the King of Judea.

In verses 28-29, King Agrippa asks Paul if he thinks that he can persuade him to be a Christian to which Paul replies, "Short time or long time—I pray, God, that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.” Paul, who is imprisoned does not wish his imprisonment on anyone but does pray that everyone will be changed by God as he has been. Paul realizes his role is to share his experience of how God has changed him and to pray for those whose lives have not yet been changed.

God alone can change each one of us. As Christians, we should share the story of how God has changed us and be in prayer that those who hear our story will come to know Christ. Has God changed you? If not, I am praying that those who read this and do not know Christ will be moved to seek him today. Feel free to email me at eurekaumc@yahoo.com if you would like to talk more about this. If God has already changed your life and continues to change you daily, with whom have you shared your story lately?

Dear God, thank you for the great witness of the apostle Paul and thank you for changing me. Help me to be your change agent and to share the story of the many ways that you have changed me and continue to change me moment by moment, day by day. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 
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