Turning Point (Acts 25:13-27)

But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.” (Acts 25:19, AV)

When I graduated high school, I went on to Drexel University to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Frankly, I never really learned how to put my nose to the wheel as far as my studies go. So, I kind of skated by with average grades. By some miracle, I received a scholarship from the United States Army in my sophomore year. This began a turning point for me at school. I moved into a condemned building off the campus, renting a room for $40 per month, which left me $60 a month for food and other expenses. Being on campus afforded me more time for focused study. My grades began to climb, but still nothing to brag about. What I lacked was discipline.

Later, in 1973, the Army sent me to the Ranger and Airborne Schools in Columbus Georgia. I would say that here was another major turning point in my life. Especially in the Ranger School, I learned how to push beyond my self-imposed limits. This changed my life and had a positive affect on my senior year’s grades.

Yet, there was another great turning point in my life. In 1983, while reading a Gideon Bible in a Minneapolis hotel room, the Lord saved me. This was such a dramatic conversion that It changed everything. I had this hunger to read and study the Bible, and to read books written on the faith. Even having graduated from Drexel with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, my reading and writing skills were below par. Yet, something happened when the Lord saved me, as I studied the Bible, these skills improved.

Here I have only mentioned three major turning points in my life, but there were many more. However, the greatest was the day I realized that Jesus died for my sins and was truly raised from death to life.

Paul constantly spoke of the resurrection of Jesus. His experience with the risen Lord on the road to Damascus was his great turning point. Prior to that day, he was a persecutor of the church. Yet, that day changed everything for Paul. He the persecutor would become the bold preacher of the gospel. His life was permanently transformed. He constantly “affirmed” Jesus “to be alive.”

While an understanding of the resurrection is vital, it is an experience of the resurrection in one’s heart that marks the most significant turning point in one’s life. No other life experience can rise to the level of salvation. This hope is founded on the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. Peter wrote that we have a “living hope through the resurrection of Jesus” (1 Peter 1:3, ESV). Those that have this living hope have been made new creations in Christ.

If you are a believer today, you have experienced the greatest turning point. God by His grace has saved you, adopted you into His family, made you a citizen of heaven, joined you to a royal priesthood, and made you a new creation in Christ. Take time to praise the Lord for your great turning point.

Published by Steve Hankins, Th.D.

Steve has had extensive military, business and ministry experience. He has served for over 16 years in full time vocational ministry and many years of part time ministry in churches. He has led churches through start-up and recasting of vision. Now He resides on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where he is working to help smaller churches and believers to renew their hearts and regain the joy of the Lord.

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