Paul’s Pattern by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
HIGHER EVERYDAY DEVOTIONAL
SUNDAY APRIL 18, 2021
TEXT: 1 TIMOTHY 1:14-19
MEMORY VERSE: “Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting” (1 TIMOTHY 1:16).
Apostle Paul was a pattern in many ways. ‘Intense’ is one word that best describes him to every youth. Paul demonstrated intensity in everything he did. Before meeting the Saviour, he sinned with a passion – harassing, arresting and even killing Christ’s disciples. His encounter with Christ on the way to Damascus was quite intriguing – he saw a blinding light, fell down, heard Jesus’ voice and lost his sight.
Clearly, God’s programme for Paul’s life was fast and fascinating. From an arrogant, cruel persecutor, he moved swiftly to become a convicted, humble and repentant sinner. Then, he became a fasting and praying saint. The course of his life was altered forever. Now converted and commissioned by Christ, Paul served God with great intensity. He preached the gospel with a vengeance against Satan. He surpassed older Christians in commitment and consecration to Christ’s cause. He pioneered missionary activity to the remote parts of the earth. He is a shinning example of Christian living to every saved youth.
QUOTE: Paul served God with greater intensity.
CHALLENGE: Living without passion amounts to being dead.
PRAYER: Set my soul afire, Lord.