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July 3, 2021: Experience His Goodness

“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2, NIV).

Paul took great joy in knowing, walking with and loving Christ. His personal mission was to spread the good news of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. But that hadn’t always been the case. Earlier in his life, Paul was against Christ and His divine message, and destroyed anyone who believed in it.

However, this all changed one day as he was traveling to Damascus. On his journey, Paul came into direct contact with the same Christ he despised. That interaction transformed his life and the way he thought. The same man who sought to destroy Jesus’ message now proclaimed it to all who would hear. This dramatic change happened because Paul decided to journey to the heart of God, and the “beginning of a lifetime” was within reach.

What does this mean for us? That pursuing an intimate relationship with God can take place anytime and anywhere. For Paul, it took a Damascus experience to get his attention. How about for you? How far will you go to seek God’s heart? You saw what a dramatic change choosing God made in Paul’s life. Imagine what He can do in your life. It only takes a decision to experience His goodness.

Lord, may we be willing to seek Your heart and enter into an eternal journey with You today. Amen.

Gustavo Parada is the pastor of the Spencer, Ripley and Charleston Spanish churches in West Virginia.