“So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
(Acts 9:6, NKJV)
Saul was full of zeal routing out religious heretics called, “The people of The Way” — Christians. He had been very successful in Jerusalem and now set his sights on Damascus where many believers had fled. While on his way he had a vision: Jesus confronted him and asked why Saul was persecuting Him.
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
This is an important question: Who is Jesus?
In Matt. 16:13-17 Jesus asked His disciples who the people thought He was. Some believed He was a teacher, others, a prophet. Then He asked who they thought He was. Who am I to you?
Everything had changed. Saul found himself doing what Gamaliel had warned — fighting against God. Jesus takes persecution against His people personally. Saul wasn’t fighting believers, he was fighting against Jesus, the Messiah, the living God! He was heartbroken. His heart had been blind, and after the confrontation, he was physically blind as well. But soon, he would see as he had never seen before. Eyes and heart united seeing who Jesus really was!
Who is Jesus to you? Christians are quick to answer: “Lord!” But how do we show that? Is our life different? Have we asked what He wants us to do? Are we changed, like Saul? Are the blinders off? This man encountered the risen Savior on the road to destruction; but now, he was on the road to redemption. This encounter not only changed Saul, but the Lord changed the world through Saul, who would later be called, Paul. Have you had that kind of experience with Jesus? How has it changed you? How has He changed the world through you? Ask Him what He wants you to do and do it with all your heart!