Upside Down

“During the journey, as [Saul] approached Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven encircled him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice asking, “Saul, Saul, why are you harassing me?” (Acts 9:3-4 CEB)

When in your life have you been turned upside down?  I trust that there’s more than one experience to look back on.  In fact, I’ve come to value those moments when God has stepped in and disoriented my life.  However, I must admit that I do better in the area of gratitude when looking in the rear view mirror.

Saul was a terrible person.  It’s plain and simple.  He had no business going after believers in Christ.  But, they rankled him.  He hated them and what they were doing.  And that’s when God stepped in and called him over to the other side.  He became Paul and his writings are still precious today, some 2000 years later.  (He would have been an amazing blogger!)

In this season of Easter, we celebrate our risen Lord and Savior.  This is a time for us to take on an increased willingness to take risks in his name.  How can we proclaim what Christ has done in our lives?

The saying goes, “Preach the Gospel.  When necessary, use words.”  I don’t  know who said it, but I do believe it.  Actions are louder than words.

So what would it look like if we took risks and “preached” the gospel without ever speaking a word?

Rather than argue a point of view that is counter to ours, we could engage in even-tempered conversation, seeking to understand the other side.

We can reach out to our neighbor.  Especially, those whom Jesus loves more than we do.

We can engage in serious Bible study to better understand discipleship.

Lent is a time to give something up in order to honor Jesus who gave everything up.  Perhaps Easter can be a time to take something up in order to honor Jesus who came to turn everything upside down.

Where do you find yourself in this scripture?

What is God calling you to do?

All glory and honor be to God.

Amen.


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