Paul: A life transformed by the gospel - Kicking against the goads
When we read about Paul in the book of Acts we are introduced to a man hell-bent to destroy all things “Christ”. This is the same man who—more than likely—memorized a majority of the Old Testament. Yet, with all the the Scripture memory he did not know the Author intimately, and relationally. He was there when Stephen was stoned, as recorded in Acts 7:58; he gave his approval of Stephen’s killing in Acts 8:1; he testified of his mindset against the church in Gal 1:13-16. This is the same man who wrote thirteen of the twenty-seven books of the NT. Yet, when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus he was confronted with these words, “‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads (Acts 26:14).” What were the goads he was kicking against? Could they be the Scriptures he studied and memorized that were meant to guide him to God? Yet He continued to kick against them, resisting the Spirit testifying through them. Jesus spoke to the Jews on this point saying, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me (John 5:39).” The only way we can find change is by meeting Jesus. Allow his life-changing word to transform you. Let’s not kick against the goads, but rather be reminded of Christ as we search the Scriptures. Mere study and memory work is fruitless apart from a relationship with Christ. Interact with the Author as you read of His witness of His Son.