Register and Begin the Race - Monday July 06, 2015
Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" And he said, "Who are you, Lord?" And he said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting." Acts 9:3-5 ESV
If there is any man who exemplifies the spirit of endurance, fortitude, and determination that is exemplified by a marathon runner, it is Paul. Now if you are going to run a marathon, the first thing you do is get registered. Paul didn't really register himself-he got himself signed up, as we read in today's passage.
The start of any race is important. Much is determined by the way you begin. When Paul traveled to Damascus, he thought he was going to do something different from what actually happened. But if there is anyone who was a good starter, it was Paul. Boom! He got "signed up" for the race, and he started more like a sprinter. When God called him, he started running. He went to work immediately.
"Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues. . . . But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ" (Acts 9:19-22).
How have you begun your race? Has God broken into your life and disturbed your plans? Maybe you were going one way and then. . . .Boom! You realized Jesus is the Son of God. Marathoners don't usually sprint out of the starting gate, but Paul did. How about you? Has God been saying to you, "Here's where I want you to run"? Are you running?
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