Lord, What Do You Want Me To Do?
But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? 5 And he said, Who are you, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. (Acts 9:1-5)
This familiar account is where Saul of Tarsus is struck with blindness from heaven and is called upon by Jesus to stop persecuting him. I’d like us all to notice Saul of Tarsus’ prayer to Jesus. He said right after the context of Acts 9:1-5... “Lord, what do you want me to do?” (Acts 9:6)
As brief of a communication that that was, it was expressed with a heart of contrition and sincerity. Jesus told him to get up and “go into the city” and he would then be instructed what he “must do”. (Acts 9:6)
If you are not a Christian you need to ask this question, too. Jesus will not verbally speak back to you like He did to Saul and tell you to go into a city and wait for instructions, but he has preserved his words of truth and life to express that just like Saul of Tarsus you need to “arise and be baptized” (Acts 9:18). If you are not a Christian you at some point in your maturing process seek to ask the question “what do you want me to do”. The atheistic man or woman evaluates life and says, “I must find out the best way to live my life for I control all that there is, in essence I am God of my life”. The truest atheist will look to see what the areas are where he or she can develop and will constantly be asking the question “what does me want me to do” to find fulfillment in life. That last sentence may appear grammatically incorrect, but it is the fundamental tenant in self-actualization. The only problem with this is that in an atheist’s life he or she must come to the conclusion that the Bible is worth investigating because of its moral mandates. If the book of the Bible the word of God can be clarified to prove it does more help than harm than even for the atheist, the Bible becomes a reference guide for their personal life even though they deny it is from the hand of God. Perhaps you see the futility in this, too. If a person willingly says, “yeah, that Bible has great moral advice, but its not real” then they are denying that moral advice is real.
If you are struggling to find purpose in life than don’t deny the greatest advice-book, but accept it for what it is, that is, the Mind of God on the pages, that teach what one must do to be saved. If you are not a Christian, this book is the greatest book that there is. Within its pages are the answers to life's fundamental questions of who am I [a person with a soul made in the image of God] (Genesis 1-3) why am I here [to fear God and keep His commandments] (Ecclesiastes 12:13) and where am I going [heaven or hell Colossians 1:5, Matthew 5:22].
So it is in every person’s interest to ask the question, not just of self, but of God, “God, what do you want me to do!”. Jesus and God the father are not going to give different answers to different people when it comes to the method of obtaining salvation. The way one receives the gift of the Spirit (that is salvation of our souls from their lost condition) (Acts 2:38) is through hearing God’s word (Romans 10:17), believing what God says, (John 3:16) confessing Jesus Christ as the son of God (Matthew 10:32-33), repenting of all sins in one’s life (Acts 17:30) and then being baptized (Acts 2:38). Baptism is for the “forgiveness of sins” (Acts 2:38). Baptism is for the “cleansing” of a conscience (1st Peter 3:21) and Galatians 3:27 says, “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” It is the action that unifies our life with the life of Jesus Christ. Rather than persecuting Christ like Saul of Tarsus did, and rather than living life like we are the God of this world, like many atheists do today, this plan pledges allegiance to Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior, and king.
“Lord, what do you want me to do” was spoken by Saul after He was struck with blindness. Hopefully, the Lord will not have to send an affliction your way in order to realize what you must do to be saved. But in Saul’s case that affliction led him closer to Jesus. Perhaps we all aught to be thankful that the Lord has given us the time and ability to read this. If that’s you... please be saved today in the Bible way. By: J.R. Rosado