1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful[a] in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Ephesians 1:1-2
The Apostle Paul was not always an apostle, nor was he always named Paul. Formerly, he was known as Saul, a fierce persecutor of Christians. One who prided himself in self-righteous devotion to the religious traditions of his fathers, Saul - a Pharisee - hunted early Christians to imprison and even preside over their murder. He was a religious terrorist.
One day, en route to persecute followers of Jesus, Saul saw a blinding light. Jesus spoke to him, and called Saul to himself. Saul believed. Signaling dominion over his life, Jesus changed his name to Paul and his calling to apostle. Paul left his former way of life behind, and embarked on a new kind life and mission for Christ’s glory. Instead of taking the lives of others, he would ultimately lay down his own to save them.
As you begin your day, remember that God can reconcile even the most unlikely to himself through Jesus Christ. Moreover, his love and grace can even transform the most ardent enemy of the Cross into a tenacious soldier of it.
Child of God: For whom can you pray today? Whose salvation seems almost impossible? Remember: with God, nothing is impossible. Pray earnestly for their salvation in Jesus’ name.
You're loved. Don't forget it.
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