During the Lenten season, members of Faith Lutheran Church have written our daily devotions. Today’s writer is Dewayne Hahn.
Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”5He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” 7The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one. 8Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank. Acts 9:1-9
When I was a kid in Sunday School, one of the most memorable Bible stories is this story of how God called Saul to serve him. It is almost a Star Wars event when an incredible light came from the heavens and flashed around him as he was traveling to Damascus to find those who belonged to The Way. He was armed with a letter from the high priest to bind them and return them to Jerusalem. What a powerful experience to be knocked your knees with the force of light (the Holy Spirit) then to hear a voice call your name.
Saul had a hunch it was the Lord. Think about that. You are on a mission to capture those who believe in Jesus and you are zapped by a force larger than life…who else could it be but the Lord! Completely decommissioned and blind he was told to go to Damascus. I would venture to say none of us have been called to serve God in such a dramatic way, but however we are called we are ready to receive instructions from God. Talk to him and ask, “What’s next-give me something to do.”
Let us pray: Dear Father, Son and Holy Spirit, extend your call and share with me how I might serve you best. Help me to be alert to the subtle and the forceful instructions and give me the strength I will need to follow thru on where you need me to serve. Use me every day as I carry out my vocation as I belong to The Way. As a servant of yours, Amen.