II Cor 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (NIV)
When we encounter Jesus in our lives, He changes our life completely. We no more see things from a worldly point of view, but place Christ before everything. We become ambassadors of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Let’s take a look at Paul’s life. Paul, who was named Saul earlier, was a persecutor. He encountered Jesus on his way to Damascus. He received salvation and was filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Tremendous changes took place in Saul’s life.
1. First, his name changed – He got a new name “PAUL” meaning “LITTLE”
2. Secondly, he who was a persecutor of God’s people started preaching the word of God. Once he, who was notorious for destruction, now was the messenger of salvation.
3. Thirdly, he who was proud of his wisdom and tradition, now talked about God’s grace (Gal 1:14). Jesus humbled him.
4. Fourthly, he dedicated all his wisdom, zeal, strength and power to the work of the Lord.
Thus we see that Jesus changed Paul’s priorities, perspective, character and goal.
This is the total turnaround that Jesus brings when we receive him in our lives.
Paul was just like you and me. He was no extra ordinary human being. He was a murderer, a sinner and detestable in the eyes of both God and Man. But in Jesus Christ, he became a new creation.
Remember: “God is not bothered about what you were or what you are, but he cares about what you are going to be“.
He wants to make you a new person, carry you in his arms, fill you with overflowing joy & peace, and spend eternity with you; if you would allow him to enter and take over the reins of your life today.