Acts 9:1-19; 1 Timothy 1:12-17
Last week I challenged you to make your prayer for the week this question, “Who are you, Lord?” I challenged you with this because asking this question, seeking who He is, will change your life.
Saul was a zealot whose sole mission was to stamp out this new religion that had cropped up. We know this religion as Christianity and it was Saul’s goal to capture Christians so he could take them to Jerusalem, where they would be stoned. But as Saul was traveling to Damascus to complete his mission, an amazing moment changed his life forever. He was blinded by a flash of light, and he heard a voice that called his name, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” (Acts 9:4). Confused by this mysterious voice, Saul asked the question, “Who are you, Lord?” (Acts 9:5). From the moment Saul, whom we know as the Apostle Paul, asked the question, “Who are you, Lord?” his life was forever changed.
Paul was once a blasphemer, a persecutor and a violent man, but his life was changed by the mercy and grace that was poured upon him by Jesus (1 Timothy 1:12-14). Jesus had cared enough to pursue Paul and stop him in his tracks. Paul’s life did an about-face and he began preaching and teaching about Jesus, the very One he had hated. He became instrumental in establishing a new movement that, in time, would spread around the globe.
Many of us won‘t have the emotional experience Paul did. Nor will we hear from the Lord the way Paul did. But we can experience the transformation Paul did. By seeking the Lord, by asking the question, “Who are you, Lord?” we can experience real change in our lives. And that, my friends, is really good news. It is good news because many of us are living lives that need to be changed. Maybe you struggle with an addiction that is consuming your life. Maybe you have been unfaithful to your spouse and it is destroying your family and you‘re not sure they will recover from it. Perhaps the trials of life have left you in a fog of depression and you‘re not sure it will ever get better. Maybe you‘re full of bitterness and resentment from a hurt put upon you. You want to forgive, but you‘re not sure you can. Maybe you‘re a control freak like me. You want to trust God with your life, but when it doesn‘t go how you want it, you take control from Him. How is that working out for you? Maybe the guilt of the life you‘re living is so burdensome that you don’t feel you deserve the love, grace and mercy that Jesus so faithfully provides to all of us. And it is this feeling that keeps you from reaching out to Jesus and asking, “Who are you, Lord?” If that is you, I want to challenge you this week to ask the question, “Who are You, Lord?” Meditate on it and let the love, grace, and mercy that comes from Christ permeate your soul and cause real change in your life.
~ Tim Hall
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