The Legacy Life of Paul
I purposely picked a very well known person of the Bible for this post. But all day when I’ve thought about this post, I’ve felt daunted. There is SO MUCH that Paul has done for the church. As he transformed from from Saul to Paul, he let God truly take over his life. The legacy life that Paul has left has become the cornerstone of the church.
Paul was known as a man sought out by the Holy Spirit, a missionary to the nations, beaten, shipwrecked, and imprisoned many times. He went where God sent Him. He didn’t argue with God. Paul had a habit of listening for the voice of God.
When Paul had his encounter with God, he made a complete 180 degree turn in his life. He changed completely. This is where I want to focus.
Just this morning I was reading Psalm 103 for my morning devotions. Specifically focusing on Psalm 103:12:
as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
I’ve been studying the idea of being forgiven by God. Much of my devotions each morning focus on our sin nature and how God treats our sins. Like the verse in Psalm says, our sin is completely removed from us.
Paul lived his life as a free man.
One of the biggest things we get from Paul’s legacy life is the fact that no matter what happened to his life, he considered himself a slave to Christ and no one else. He was so bonded to Christ that he understood his whole life was wrapped up in God and his plan.
Rather than Christ being the biggest thing in his life, Christ was Paul’s life. This distinction is important. Christ was everything that Paul’s life was about.
When we make Christ the thing that our life is all about, it changes the way that we live our life. It means we focus more on listening for God’s voice. Paul has paved the road for us. He shows us what it looks like to trust God implicitly.
Are you living as a free man/woman today?