And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. —Acts 9:26-28

 First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds. —Acts 26:20

 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. —John 14:12  

             When Saul became a follower of Jesus many did not believe it.  Even the apostles did not believe he was a follower of Jesus.  It was not until Barnabas gave testimony of the evidence in Saul’s life was it believed.  Barnabas told how Saul had seen the Lord on the road and how the Lord spoke to him and how in Damascus he preached boldly in the name of Jesus.  After this testimony about Saul was given by Barnabas the apostles and others then believed that Saul truly now was a follower of Jesus.

            If we had a group of believers that we were new to that questioned if we were a believer, do we have someone that would bear witness of our life change?  Do we have someone that could declare the clear evidence that we have truly called on the Lord to be saved?  Could they speak of our repentance and service to our Lord?  Would there be enough evidence in our lives to convince skeptics that we are truly followers of Jesus?  

            What evidence is there in your life that you are a follower of Jesus?

Dear Father I thank You for drawing me to Jesus.  It is my desire to honor You by being faithful to what You desire to do in and through my life.  Oh, may I be obedience to Your will by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.  Yes, Father, may this be so!

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