That’s the most important question, isn’t it? Who’s speaking?
You are uniquely created, formed, gifted and purposed. You have a calling no one else can fulfill. When you’re being you, we can see God’s image expressed through your actions and presence.
Paul the apostle began his life’s journey as a child of two parents whose names are lost to us. He grew in what was very likely a deeply religious home. He undoubtedly learned the tenets of his faith from his parents and extended family. At some point, he studied Torah and discovered both interest and capacity to learn. Later, he became a student of Gamaliel and took his place among the Pharisees; the religious leaders and teachers of his time. After the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, Paul encountered the preaching of Jesus’s followers and became a zealot, persecuting those he saw as heretics in defense of traditional Judaism. Eventually, he met Jesus on the Damascus Road and the trajectory of his life was forever changed.
Was God moving in Paul’s life before Paul encountered Jesus on that road?