Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt
Read Acts 9:1-19
“Who are you, lord?” Saul asked.
And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
More thoughts for meditation
Saul’s experience on the road to Damascus is probably the most famous conversion story in the New Testament. He undergoes a radical change in how he sees himself from a zealous persecutor of first believers to one of their most devoted leaders, a servant of the church.
His conversion starts when he is knocked off his horse and left blind. He ends up with a new name and a new job and a whole new life. In his helpless state of blindness, he asks the central question that we’ve been working with in the last few daily prayer entries: “Who are You, Lord?” He discovers that he had it wrong about Jesus and the only way to see is to turn away from his former view of himself and to take on a new life as a servant of Jesus. He later reflects on all this and writes that anyone who belongs to Christ becomes “a new creation” (see 2 Corinthians 5 and Galatians 6). Jesus calls us to this conversion – a new view of self as a new person belonging to God.
Suggestions for action
Pray: Lord, it is so easy to fool myself about myself. Draw me to the truth that sets me free. Help me offer all of me to You and allow You to make me new and give me a new view of myself. When I slip back into old views of who I should be or am, please knock me off course, restore my vision and remind me I belong to You.
Return to our practice of Francis’ prayer, “O God, who are You and who am I?” Take 10 minutes now to let go of the tasks that press in upon your mind and the worries that might lurk in the corners of your mind. Let the Spirit of the Living God renew your vision of what’s important.
One of the important things Jesus will likely reveal is that he continues to seek people to “knock off their horses.” You might be used for that, too! Deep people make disciples.