12 years

12 years

Acts 11: 26

“and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.”

There are so many wonderful truths in this one verse but this morning I am thinking about what isn’t written but is inferred. How many years do you think Saul stayed in Tarsus?
12 years!
But these are not wasted years. They are preparation years.
So what can we learn?
1. Saul was found.
We are found people. Jesus came and found us when we were lost, hidden and alone.

2. Saul was brought.
We are journeymen. We are ready for change. Take my life and let it be ….

3. Saul taught.
We ear disciple makers. That’s what we are whether we are doing it or not.
You can only teach if you have dug. For 12 years he studied and now he came and taught.

4. Saul worked with Barnabas.
We are team players. Solo Christianity should not be happening. God always sends out in twos. Find someone.

5. Saul’s focus was Jesus.
Christians are little Jesus’s. Why wee they called that? Simply because Jesus was everything.. He occupied their thinking, speaking and behaviour.

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