Galatians 1:21-24 (JDV)
Galatians 1:21 Next, I went to the districts of Syria and Cilicia.
Galatians 1:22 My face remained unknown to the Judean congregations that are in Christ.
Galatians 1:23 They only kept hearing: “He who formerly persecuted us now announces the gospel of the faith he once tried to annihilate.”
Galatians 1:24 And they glorified God because of me.
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Paul talks about the power of his transformed life. Those who witnessed his transformation glorified God because no other cause for such a change made sense of the evidence.
Paul and his team had dedicated their lives to announcing the gospel of the faith that he had once tried to annihilate. For them, it meant going to places where they would not be welcome, and suffering many troubles and dangers. They did not always have success. But their commitment was always a testimony to the reality that they proclaimed.
When people look back on our life’s work, may they be left with no other answer to the question of why we did what we did.