COMING UP ...
Sunday 25th January
4th Sunday on Epiphany
Acts 9: 1- 22
Matthew 19:27 - 30
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Today we are remembering the Conversion of Saul. Saul was so zealous for his Jewish beliefs that he began a persecution campaign against anyone who believed in Christ. As Saul travelled to Damascus, pursuing Christians, he was confronted by the risen Christ and brought face to face with the truth of the gospel. Sometimes God breaks into your life in a spectacular manner, and sometimes conversion is a quiet experience. Paul (as he became known) refers to this experience as the start of his new life in Christ. Paul was literally stopped in his tracks and challenged to rethink all that he was doing. He also had the humility to see the error of his ways, and despite being an incredibly high profile figure, to completely change.
It is interesting to compare the difference in these two readings between Paul, who is humble and changed, and Peter who despite living and working beside Jesus daily, is actually looking for all that he has sacrificed to be acknowledged and rewarded. There is almost an echo of the prodigal son here as Paul is welcomed back and embraced and equipped for the work ahead and Peter stands outside and is grumpy about the unfairness of it all. Whatever we do as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ needs to be a reflection of our love for Him, and not in any way just to seek a reward. Be aware, as Jesus said patiently to Peter, ‘Many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.’ Matthew 19 v 30
This is a quiet time for quiet reflection and prayers for Healing either for yourself or for someone who is particularly on your heart. is an important opportunity to come and pray for one another as a church family