I just heard this song for the first time tonight. But I really like it and it was something I needed right now. :)
I really haven’t written in a while. Things from my heart. Things going through my mind and things Holy Spirit has been showing me. So, I’m really glad to be getting back to writing.
Recently, I read through the book of Acts. There is so much in there. I feel like I didn’t get all of the meat from it. Then again is there such thing as “getting it all” anyways. But you know what I mean. I really want to read back through it again. But even just the first time through began to wreck into me as I read the life of Paul. He is really becoming one of my favorite men in the Bible. He lived so radically. He didn’t just talk radically, but He lived it. Anyways.
I went to the church my Aun’t goes to in Florida this past Sunday because my aunt and her husband as well as the pastor’s wife and I were going to sing a song for their homecoming service. The guest speaker spoke from Acts 9 and it seems as if I heard it with new ears. A few things caught my eye.
Acts 9 tells about Paul’s, or at this time Saul’s, journey to Damascus and the Lord encounters him. Now, we know who Saul was. He persecuted the Christians. He killed the Christians. He watched Christians being killed approving of it all. Now, When Jesus encounters Saul on this road, Jesus asks Saul, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”…Did you catch what Jesus is asking him?….Why are you persecuting ME?..but wait a minute. It was the Christians he was persecuting and murdering. But Jesus asks why is Saul persecuting HIM. Wow. I don’t have a deep revelation or theological answer. All I can say, at least for now, is that when we are persecuting other people we really are persecuting Jesus. Really, you could flip it around and say when you are getting persecuted, they are really persecuting Jesus. I got to thinking a little more about that. If I am being persecuted, and if they are not really persecuting me but Jesus, then it must not be me that they don’t like. If someone that you are witnessing to or something persecutes you, it’s not because they don’t like you. It’s not about you. It’s about Jesus. It’s Jesus they are attacking. Maybe thats why Jesus said that when you are persecuted for His Name’s sake to rejoice because they are seeing Jesus. They are seeing Jesus in you and through you. You are walking in the likeness and nature of Jesus and it is being shown to the lost. It is Jesus they are rejecting, not you. This also reminds me of the verse where Jesus says that what you have done to the least of these you have also done to me.
Now, making a turn to something else. Now, this is just something to think about. I don’t have a revelation or answer to this, but it’s something that gets me when I read this. If you have any thoughts, let me know. I’d love to hear it.
After Jesus asks Saul why he is persecuting Him, Saul responds saying “Who are you, Lord?”…..Lord? Who are you, Lord?…He addresses the Lord as well..Lord. Me? I would have just said “Who are you?”…Plus, if he knew it was the Lord, then why ask Him who He was?…Am I making sense?…That always gets me that he addresses Him as Lord and yet asks Him who He is.
Well, I’ll write more later. I’m tired. There is at least one, maybe two, more things I was to share from Acts 9. Tune back in later for it. =]