Whether your life has turned out to be a success, disappointment or some where in between, its always important to remember where you came from. Depending upon how you were raised, you’ve likely developed stereotypes about certain occupations, places or people. Over time these views will either be reinforced or shattered. Whatever happens make sure you remain humble so you don’t miss out on meeting special people.
For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it; Galatians 1:13.
Paul was a religious zealot who initially persecuted and gave the order to kill the apostle Stephen. Thus, after his conversion to Christ many were hesitant to believe his faith was real. This backlash inspired Galatians 1, a summary of his testimony. It wasn’t until Paul began his missionary journeys when fellow Christians began to accept and embrace him as a genuine believer.
But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through his grace, Galatians 1:15.
While my past isn’t as radical as Paul, I still have issues to overcome. Years of stuttering stunted my communication skills and ability to draw close to others. Periods of depression still cause me to withdraw at times, wandering away from the people I love. Yet, because of God’s grace, I have hope for the future. Despite my own imperfections, God sent His one and only Son to die for my sins. Therefore, don’t let the sun go down without accepting God’s free gift of eternal life. When you remember where you came from, you will likely find a sinner saved by God’s grace.
by Jay Mankus