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Good ol’ Paul

I had a simple but fun thought come to me the other day as I stood mid-lecture in front of  one of my 11th grade Bible classes. Paul has always been in the Eternity business.

As Saul, Paul hunted down many Christians, killing (and imprisoning) them and their families. And although an assumption should never be made (lest for discernment’s sake) about someone’s salvation, people that choose to accept martyrdom over renouncing their Christian faith, more often than not, harbor a deep Love for Jesus that is soon found face-to-face as their Earthly death is met by a quick Heavenly awakening. So, although God did not commission any in way Paul’s handiwork as Saul the slayer, Saul still managed to create a resume that was specifically saturated in people’s final resting places. I bet he never consider slaying and hunting God’s people as still-to-be altered practice for the ministry.

As Paul, the writer of most the N.T., we read about a man who chronicles stories of  Holy Swagger and Humility. Paul was a who was a successful murderer- turned-disciple, who did everything from get shipwrecked, beaten down, preach, flee the authorities, get beat down again, intercede, intervene, challenge Peter and co., write/publish letters…just to mention a few of his ministry happenings.

Paul was the man, for lack of a more descriptive sentence. I hear his heart as he pleads with and perseveres through his old self…often times describing himself more a Civil War than a man. He rejoiced in his weaknesses, for when they were brought into light, Christ’s power was made perfect through Him. And yes, even a crazy-Love follower of King Jesus, he helped usher people into Heaven though the leading, teaching and confrontations of the Holy Spirit.

So you see…although the two selves were entirely opposed to one another, Paul and Saul, both dealt with people’s eternities…and somehow, God managed to create Heavenly meet and greets from the handiwork of a man who, depending on when you knew him, sought to save or steal life from others.

Genesis 50:20


About justingunter

I'm recently 29 years old, recently married and ready to change the world for God. He has called me to be a missionary! This means more than just changing zip codes and living in countries where I struggle (for a while) speaking the language the locals dream in. It means a lifestyle of sacrifice, audacious Hope and above all, a desire for Jesus simply because He is who He is. I moved to Franklin, TN in October 15th of 2012 and expect this to be the first of many changes for the great calling on the Gunter's life. Side note...I dig being married. It helps when you're married the best woman ever! Teale and I feel called to plant churches, combat sex trafficking and be a place of refuge and Holy sojourn to all who would seek to join alongside us for good or for a season. For now, Ol' Rocky Top is our home, Zoey is our Great Dane and we, the Gunters, love Jesus with all we have.

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