Transformation from Zero to Hero
By Dr. Lindy S. Diffenbaugh, D. D.
What Does it Take to Become a God Created Hero
Often times when we read of a wicked and/or ruthless character in the Bible, we scratch our heads and we ask ourselves, “Can this person ever be saved and restored to the original image that God intended for them at the beginning of time”? When the possibilities that God expected of them are revealed, they will most likely reveal their own mind, heart, and soul, as the platform that they are willing or not willing, to occupy. The one that is willing sets his sights on how to complete the task, and they will do it to the best of their abilities. In fact, most of these will work tirelessly until the job or mission is complete! The one that is unwilling to jump in and do the job that is asked of them.At the beginning of any story…we begin to recognize whether we are looking at a soon to be Hero, who would give his all to the task, in fact, he is one that will not quit until he sees it through from start to finish. In the Bible, Jesus leads us to many stories that have the power to transforms us. The bible is full of heroes and villains.Saul, the persecutor of Christians, was one of the Wicked, that was transformed into a Lover of God, and he spread the Life of Christ in his heart and soul and he spread the Gospel to those that were not aware of it, throughout the remainder of his earthly sojourn. Let us take a look at Saul/Paul’s Story!When God Himself confronted Saul on the Road to Damascus, He noted that He was aware of Saul’s treachery against God’s chosen people. During that encounter with the Almighty God, Saul was dynamically changed from Saul the tyrant that sought out God’s Chosen People to destroy their movement, into Paul the Apostle, a God Loving Christian, who poured out the remainder of his life as a Lover and Champion of the Most High God. In fact, Paul became a man Who Loved and Served Christ day and night throughout the remainder of His life.
Exactly How Did Saul The Persecutor of Christians Turn from Darkness to Light?Paul gave his time, life, and energy to the release of the Gospel everywhere that he travelled, there were many people that knew him as Saul, yet they were not aware that he had been transformed into a Holy Man of God. Some Christians were so fearful of Paul, that they avoided him, and in fact, he was routinely incarcerated, beaten by others, and bitten by snakes.
Despite all of that rejection and torture, the Apostle Paul boldly stated that, “I glory in suffering, because suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character, and hope. and hope does not disappoint us. ” Romans 5:3 Paul demonstrated to us, that Jesus does not call us to a life of comfort and ease, but to a path that will transform us into the image of Christ.
In fact, the Apostle James tells us to “Consider it joy when you face trials and tribulations.” James 1:2-4. Joy happens when the challenge has been overcome when one puts their faith in God. Despite all of that, the Apostle Paul boldly stated that, “I glory in suffering, because suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character, and hope.” Romans 5:3-4Jesus calls us not to a life of comfort and ease, but to a path that will transform into the image of Christ. In fact, the Apostle James tells us to “Consider it joy when we face trials and tribulations.”-James 1:2. Joy happens when the challenge has been overcome because one puts their faith in God. Let us now turn to David, another Hero of Fath.