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Book of Galatians

Day 6

READ Galatians 1:13-17
For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being. I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus.

In these verses, Paul shares a glimpse into his personal journey of faith and calling. He recounts his former way of life, characterized by zeal for the traditions of his ancestors and persecution of the church. Yet, in a moment of divine intervention, God revealed His Son to Paul and called him to preach the gospel among the Gentiles.

Paul’s testimony serves as a powerful reminder of God’s transformative power and sovereign grace. Despite Paul’s past as a persecutor of the church, God chose him and called him to be an instrument of His grace and mercy. Paul’s encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus marked a radical turning point in his life, redirecting his zeal and passion toward the spread of the gospel.

As we reflect on Paul’s testimony, we are reminded of God’s ability to work through ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary purposes. Like Paul, each of us has a unique calling and purpose in God’s kingdom. Our past mistakes and failures do not disqualify us from God’s calling; rather, they serve as a testimony to His grace and power to transform lives.

Questions to ponder:

  • Like Paul, have you ever experienced a radical encounter with God that redirected the course of your life? If so, describe the impact it had on you.
  • How does Paul’s testimony challenge your understanding of God’s grace and sovereignty?
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