When we meet Jesus, he transforms our life.
A transformer toy
They only heard the report: "The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy." Galatians 1:23 (NIV)
Do you know what a Transformer toy is? What a silly question! Most of you probably know a lot more about The Transformers than I do. The original Transformers gave kids the power to change a toy from a robot into something like a car, a boat, or an airplane. These toys have become so popular that they have been featured in comic books, TV shows, and even full-length movies.
These Transformers are only toys without any real powers but it may come as a surprise to some of you that there is a real Transformer who can totally change your life. That Transformer is Jesus! If you place your faith and trust in Jesus, he will transform your life into something that you never imagined. In our Bible lesson today, we will see an example of the transforming power of Jesus.
Many years ago, there was a man whose name was Saul. He was an enemy of the Church and he did many terrible things to the followers of Jesus. He was even part of a group that stoned a man named Stephen because he was preaching about Jesus.
One day, Saul was traveling to the city of Damascus to hunt for Christians so that he could have them thrown into prison. On the way to Damascus, a bright light appeared and Saul heard the voice of Jesus saying, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?"
Saul answered, "Who are you, Lord?"
Jesus replied, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. I have appeared to appoint you as my servant and to be a witness for me."
After that meeting with Jesus, Saul's life was transformed. In fact, he even got a new name. From that day on, he became known as Paul and instead of trying to destroy the Church, he went from town to town preaching and teaching in the name of Jesus.
People were amazed at the change that took place in Paul's life. Wherever he went, people said of him, "The man who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy."
That is what the transforming power of Jesus can do. Wouldn't you like to let Jesus change your life?
Heavenly Father, we want to feel the transforming power of Jesus in our life. In his name we pray. Amen.