Acts 9:1-6 NIVUK
Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’
5 ‘Who are you, Lord?’ Saul asked.
‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. 6 ‘Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’
One of the most dramatic conversions, from persecutor-in-chief to church-planter extraordinaire! I suspect none of us have a story quite like his. That said, his question on meeting Jesus in such a spectacular way, is one we would all do well to ask from time to time, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ There is always the danger that we build him in his image, rather than letting him build us in his. As we ask the question, we should be prepared to hear the same response, ‘Get up and go…’ Following Jesus is never passive.
As I go out into a new day, show me once more who you are and send me reinvigorated to point to you.