“But Saul ravaged the church, entering house by house and dragging out both men and women and committing them to prison.” Acts 8:3

Saul, later named Paul, had not only read a book about trying to please God through his own efforts, but he had tried it in practice. His zeal for establishing his own righteousness through works of the law even drove him to, religious fanaticism. He persecuted the Christians before he had the life-changing encounter with Jesus. Then he became one of the foremost spreaders and defenders of the Christian faith.

Two thousand years ago, as Jesus walked the earth, He foretold religious fanaticism. He told His followers “… the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he is offering a service to God.  They will do these things to you, because they have not known the Father nor Me.” John 16:2-3

Talking about God is one thing. Knowing God is something completely different. Paul was freed from religious fanaticism when he met Jesus.

Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me.” Rev. 3:20

Jesus knocks on the door of your heart. Open your heart to Jesus and let Him reconcile you to God.

“He (Jesus) is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:2

When you put your faith in Jesus, you are reconciled to God. Then you can get to know God personally. This is the meaning of life, to know God. Then good fruit will also come out through your life, because Jesus lives in your heart.

Put your heart’s faith in Jesus today.

God bless you.

/ David Billström