What about you?
I don’t believe there is only one way to experience the risen Christ. Instead, what we need to see is how such experience is always followed by faithfulness, by displaying the fruit of the Holy Spirit, like love, joy, peace, patience (Gal. 5:7-8). True conversion will always lead to a life of commitment, to living the commandments of loving God and neighbor. Indeed, if a person is not demonstrating such activity following their meeting Christ, we might ask if conversion has taken place.
Remember that the person who was persecuting Christians, Paul, is also the same person who will write to the Corinthians that “love is patient and kind; not envious or boastful.” There was a real change.
Paul’s encounter with the living Christ along the road to Damascus was a painful encounter, with Paul coming to a dramatic change in his life. It reminds us that Christ surprising him unexpectedly. How might we remain open to Christ this season? Where might Christ surprise us in the days ahead?
Pastor Andy Kinsey