Is life change possible?

18 06 2011

This intriguing picture illustrates my word of the day – eclosion – ‘the act of emerging from the pupal case’ – and it inspired me to think about life change.  Is it possible to leave behind an old way of life and embrace a new one, to emerge as it were from a chrysalis and become a butterfly?

Let’s have a look at some people, case studies if you like.

Luke writes about the first disciples of Jesus.  In his gospel he describes them after Jesus’ death; they were troubled, frightened and full of doubt.  A couple of weeks later, there is an altogether different scene as Peter stands up in public and proclaims the Jesus story.  Arrest and jail didn’t stop him – “We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:20)

Fast forward to Acts chapter 8 when Luke introduces the character of Saul to his narrative by saying, “Saul was one of the witnesses, and he agreed completely with the killing of Stephen.”  Saul, the arch-persecutor of Jesus’ followers – “Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. So he went to the high priest. He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains.”

Several days later, Luke tells us, “Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days.  And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, ‘He is indeed the Son of God!’  All who heard him were amazed. ‘Isn’t this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem?’ they asked. ‘And didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them in chains to the leading priests?’

Life change is possible – QED





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