Three Verses Change Everything…
While at a Step Study meeting last night it became clear there are three verses that change everything. Seriously, everything hinges on these verses. Your life is about change based on what God says, not what you read here, but what God says. If these verses don’t light a fire of change in you…well…not sure what will.
When we pray it is not uncommon for people to “seek” the answer to a “why” question. Something like this – “Jesus, why are my parents getting a divorce?” – “God, Why is husband / wife / child / sibling suffer with cancer (or other ailment)?” – “Jesus, why didn’t I get the promotion at work?” – “God, why is my spouse cheating on me?”
Sound familiar? It should.
What would happen if we believed what the Holy Bible says about seeking God’s will – knowing God’s will – living God’s will? He, God Himself, tells us in three verses that change everything.
Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”
Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
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 9:4-6 NKJB
Saul, not Paul, knows it’s God speaking to him – how? It seems that Saul was knocked / pushed to the ground, otherwise, what made him fall to the ground? Saul knows it’s not the devil speaking, because of the question – a challenging “why” question – ask by Jesus.
Then, Saul, changes everything. This seems to be the exact moment that Saul takes the first step in becoming Paul when he ask – “Lord, what do You want me to do?”
That is an open-ended question of the highest order. Saul doesn’t challenge, doesn’t push back, doesn’t flex any muscle – in absolute humility, Saul ask.
Jesus immediately – not minutes later, hours later, days later, weeks later, months later or years later, but immediately replies to Saul’s question. Why so quick? Jesus had been waiting for this singular question to be ask by Saul.
What if we actually believed the Living Word of God?
Either the Gospel is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of Him, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.