Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. So he went to the high priest. He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains. Acts 9:1-2
Acts 9 provides us with the story of Saul’s conversion. It’s a pretty dramatic retelling. Not all of us have a dramatic conversion story to tell, and that’s okay, because that means not all of us carry around lasting scars associated with our past lives and personal denial of our Lord. Paul had scars as a result of what Saul did—lots of them. They would stay with him for the remainder of his life, and they would remind him every day to stay close to His Lord, to lean in to Jesus, to testify of His love, and to look for opportunities to prove himself worthy of the calling he’d received from his redeemer.
Scars can be a blessing when they tell the story of a life changed.
When we are in Christ we are new creations. Let me say that again.
We are NEW creations!
What does that look like? In my mind, that transformation looks like Jesus standing in front of a black board that is my life. He’s got a ginormous cross-shaped eraser in his hand, and he’s going to work erasing all the missteps, mishaps, mistakes, and downright refusals-to-go-along that I was so “into” in my previous life. He’s making sure that the only vestige of them that still exists are those stored in my memory banks.
Hallelujah, what a Savior!
Are you dealing with scars today that remind you of your past? How has understanding God’s grace given you freedom from recriminations related to your past?