Silas is one of thousands of refugees to Germany who are converting from Islam to Christianity. According to NPR, one reason is that they are then granted asylum, since they would be persecuted as Christians if they returned home. But a pastor who ministers to many says they face significant persecution from Muslims in Germany if they convert. He interviews all who profess faith in Christ and baptizes only those he believes are sincere.
Silas is among them—he says that even if he were to be deported back to Iran, he would never give up his faith in Christ. Jesus changed his life, and he will pay any price to serve him now.
Paul's effectiveness didn't come from his appearance. According to the Acts of Paul and Thecla (ca. A.D. 200), the apostle was "a man small in size, bald-headed, bandy-legged, well-built, with eyebrows meeting, rather long-nosed." Nor was eloquence his secret. Paul was clearly a genius, but he did not seek to impress others with his brilliance (1 Corinthians 2:4).
Rather, his secret was his purpose: "I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified" (v. 2). When we know Christ and make him known, he works through us to transform those we influence.
I often speak of becoming "culture-changing Christians." However, as I followed the footsteps of Paul, I realized that there is really no such thing. Christians cannot change the culture. Human words cannot change human hearts. But Jesus can.
Oswald Chambers: "The Christian worker has to be a sacramental 'go-between,' to be so identified with his Lord and the reality of his Redemption that he can continually bring his creating life through him. . . . We have to see that we are in such living sympathy with God that as we proclaim his truth he can create in souls the things which he alone can do."
Jesus changed Silas. Jesus changed Paul. He changed me. If he is your Lord, you know that he changed you. Have you asked him to change you today?
This post was adapted from a post by Jim Denison.
You can find his site here: http://www.denisonforum.org