Glory to God

Scott Hoezee

Read: Galatians 1:18-24

“He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith . . .” And they glorified God because of me.” (vv. 23-24)

Because Paul is such a looming figure in the Bible, we forget that he was not one of Jesus’ original followers. Peter, James, John, Matthew, and the rest were not Paul’s friends. They had never even met. But by the power of the Holy Spirit they eventually all ended up on the same team. The same Spirit poured out on Pentecost zapped a man named Saul of Tarsus and converted him into the most important apostle to the non-Jewish world.

Paul had been at work for Jesus for three years before he ever made it to Jerusalem to meet up with his apostolic colleagues. He visited Peter and bunked with him for two whole weeks. (Wonder what they talked about!) But we know from other texts that when Paul first showed up, those who had nightmare memories of his persecution days were terrified. (Yes, Paul’s reputation was that bad.) But once they were convinced of his conversion and that through Paul many Gentiles were coming to Christ, they could do only one thing: sing the doxology and give God the glory!

Because who but God alone could take the man who wanted to wipe the name of Jesus from the face of the earth and turn him into the man who wrote half of the New Testament? Give God the glory, indeed! —Scott Hoezee

Prayer: For the wonders and mysteries of your working, we give thanks.