I, Paul, formerly Saul, take oath and solemnly declare that:

  1. The gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin;
  1. I did not receive the said gospel from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
  1. My earlier life was passed-on in Judaism; during which time, I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it.
  1. I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors.
  1. A time came, when God, who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, so that I might proclaim him among the Gentiles.
  1. Upon receiving the said revelation, I did not confer with any human being, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were already apostles before me, but I went away at once into Arabia, and afterwards I returned to Damascus.
  1. After three years I did go up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days.
  1.  During my stay with Cephas, I did not see any other apostle except James the Lord’s brother.
  1. Among the members of the church of God, it was said of me: “The one who formerly was persecuting us is now proclaiming the faith he once tried to destroy.”
  1. The said members of the church of God gave glory to God on account of me.
  1. All the information hereinabove contained is the truth; I do not lie!

How beautiful, this!

Friends, we too, like Paul, have a story to tell. A beautiful and equally important story! Take this time and permit yourself to be led by the grace of God into the inner recesses of your soul. In all sincerity, honesty and openness, seek to interrogate your journey through time…how has it been? What is your story? Tell it – in your own words!

Now, allow God to draw the praise and glory that are his due, from whatever circumstances may have characterized your present or your past situations! Always remember that our lives unfold according to the good pleasure of God’s will, “to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.” (Eph. 1: 6)