The older I get, the more I believe that our passion and good intentions are not always good barometers for right action. Regardless of political persuasion, we see an increasing amount of well-intended, passionate people in our highly polarized society standing and fighting for what they believe is right. But what if their passionate pursuit is wrong?
In our text, the Apostle Paul shares his conversion story in an open court. He reports that he passionately pursued followers of Jesus of Nazareth to stop them. Paul confesses to locking up saints in prison and voting to condemn believers of Jesus Christ to death. He admits that he tried to force Jesus followers to blaspheme in the synagogue and even chased them in foreign cities, all with the support of the chief priest.
However, as he travels to Damascus to pursue his cause, he encounters the resurrected Jesus Christ he has been persecuting. Paul experiences the truth that changes his life and his direction.
In the light of Christ, we see ourselves with new perspective.
We see how we all fall short, what we need to repent of, and where we need to go from here. When we look at our passions and pursuits in the light of Christ, what do we see about ourselves and our actions that we had not realized before?
In what ways does Christ want to redirect my passions and pursuits?
Jesus, I need to hear from you and see myself in your light. Open my eyes to the areas of my life that are not pleasing to you and help me to change course. Amen.