Acts Chapter 22

By June 22, 2018REAP

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Acts 22:14-16 NIV

[14] “Then he said: ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. [15] You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. [16] And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’

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I can’t imagine what this experience must have been like. But I can imagine someone raised so zealously in the Jewish faith would have needed exactly this type of encounter with Jesus to be convinced that Jesus was in fact the fulfilment of the law Paul had spent his whole life studying. Paul’s “Damascus Road” experience has become analogous with any drastic, life transforming moment that alters the trajectory of someone’s destiny. Paul sharing this experience on the Damascus Road with the Jewish elite seemed to be the only logical way of explaining such a massive shift in his understanding and actions. However reason makes little difference to a hardened heart.

Apply //
My testimony is not a Damascus Road experience. Rather it’s the opposite. More of an Emmaus Road experience ( Luke 24 ). Walking with Jesus for a long time, listening as He slowly revealed more of who is along the journey, and then a moment of revelation somewhere along the line where it all clicked into place. One testimony is not more powerful than the other, even if one is more sensational. Both testimonies require the saving Grace of Jesus through faith, and involve a soul once in darkness called to declare his praises in glorious light. My testimony is no less miraculous, and ultimately our commission is the same – “What are you waiting for? Get up, be baptised and wash your sins away, calling on his name!!”

Pray//
Lord, thank you that you meet me where I am. Thank you that you walk with me and beside me, revealing yourself in your Word, and calling me to declare your praises. May I do that all my days with humility and thankfulness. Amen.

Craig Hindman

Author Craig Hindman

Craig has been the Worship & Creative Arts Pastor at Newlife Church since 2010. He is married to Nadine and they have 3 children, Bethany, Lilly & Taya, as well as a dog called Biskit! Craig is currently studying his Masters in Ministry & Theology through Fuller Theological Seminary and heads up our Newlife College Worship Academy.

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