They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” Galatians 1:23
Reports come out about famous people all the time. They talk about what the person is doing. Often the news is about something negative that occurred, drunk driving, drugs, divorce or more.
Rarely is the news about a complete change of character or actions. Most people do not go through a change of lifestyle large enough for people to sit up and take sudden notice of it. Usually it is a slow gradual change, if there is any.
Paul says that the people in the churches of Judea did not know him at all, but had heard reports about him. Those reports were that he was a completely different person.
Every person has a report about them. People who have met them do talk about them. The question is what are they saying? For the majority of people, life is always the same, day after day, year after year. There are very few major changes in their lives.
There are very few things in their lives that stick out as amazing or to catch the attention of everyone else. Most often the major change is a marriage/divorce, birth of a child, a new job, or a new move to a new location. Very seldom is it a change of character.
The person who becomes a believer, should go through a complete change of character. He is becoming a new creation in Jesus Christ. The old ways of thinking and doing things are to be gone.
This should be such a change that people are talking about it. While many believers don’t really change and still look like the world, the true believer should. He should have a complete change of character that has people noticing.
Take a moment to look at your life and listen to what people are saying about you. Is there a complete, radical change in your life that can be seen by others? Or do you still look and act like the world?
Allow God’s Holy Spirit to fill you and change you from the inside out. Become a new creation in Christ Jesus that will turn heads and get people to talking.
Do not allow yourself to look and act like the world, but to look and act like Jesus.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guide you in turning away from the world and sin; that people will see you are a follower of Jesus; and that God will create you into a new creation.