KRISHNA TEMPLE, BAHA’I FIRESIDE CHAT, AND THE DIVINE LIGHT MISSION
Acts 9:3-5 ¶ As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” ¶ And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” ¶ Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
I was recently teaching a class on supernatural ministers and ministries and was reading this passage in our class. “How did Paul know who He was?” Pastor Carl from the lower ninth ward, asked me in the class. Suddenly I found myself rehearsing my journey which led me to Christ. I searched at the Krishna temple and He wasn’t there. I looked at the Bahai faith fireside gathering, He was no where to be found. I even went to to hear about the latest prophet at the Divine Light mission, He wasn’t there either. It wasn’t until one night on the lakefront near Ponchartrain Beach when some young people began to share with me about Jesus Christ, that’s where I found Him (actually He found me). As these young Christians poured out their hearts to me, suddenly He was unmistakably all around me. He was in their words, He was in their smiles, He was in their faces, before long I felt Him coming inside of me. How did I know who it was? When you meet Jesus for yourself you will know. He is beyond words.
As I responded to Pastor Carl I felt Jesus walk into our class. That is the way it is with Jesus, you start talking about your testimony and suddenly He comes alive. He lives and breathes in your testimony. The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophesy. He lives in your experience of His love in your life.
Paul’s testimony dominated his life and ministry from the day of his first encounter on the Damascus Road. Christ had become his life that day. He counted everything else as loss in view of the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ. How do I know this dominated Paul’s life? Luke recorded the story three times in the book of Acts. There are only a few small portions of several sermons in Acts. It speaks volumes that Luke included Paul’s testimony three times. This was obviously Paul’s message. Paul preached and lived Jesus Christ. He said that he had been crucified with Christ and he no longer lived but Christ lived inside of him. This revelation of Christ is the key to Paul’s life and the answer to life’s questions. We find our purpose, our power, our salvation, our healing, our encouragement; we find everything that pertains to life and godliness in Christ. If you have been drifting through life, tossed to and fro with all the winds of change in our world, here is your solution. This is your only solution. Lose yourself in Christ. When you do, you will find Christ and discover life itself.