Then Agrippa said to Paul “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” Paul replied, “Short time or long – I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.” Acts 26:28-29
How long does it take to become a Christian? Paul was transformed on the road to Damascus when he saw a blazing light around him and heard the voice of the Lord. I cannot pinpoint any particular time or place that I became a Christian. I have not had a blazing light experience or a sudden revelation. What I do know is that I learned about being a Christian mostly from my parents. We regularly attended church and Sunday school so I had various ministers and choir leaders come and go throughout my life, but no one that I can attribute my deep level of comfort with the Lord except for the unwavering, disciplined example of my parents. I don’t think we are always aware of the example we provide to family, friends and acquaintances as we go about our daily lives. I will also add that it is a relief that Paul answered ‘short time or long’ as I do believe that faith is not static. I’m definitely on the long of it as I continue to grow in my faith.
Dear Lord, please don’t let us wait for a bright light or sudden revelation to know of your goodness and mercy. Help us to be the Christian examples for our family and friends as we live our daily lives. Amen.