by Tammy Phillips
July 22, 2020
And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It [is] hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord [said] to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” – Acts 9:5-6 NKJV
When Saul encountered Jesus on the journey, near Damascus, he asked Jesus two very important questions: “Who are you, Lord and what do you want me to do?” Paul spent the rest of his life searching for the answers to these questions.
I reached a point of despair in my life about twenty years ago. I had been doing it my way and it was not working so well for me. I asked similar questions. I asked God back in 2000, “If you are God, and Jesus is supposed to have all the answers to my questions, help me out?” The Holy Spirit led me to Colossians 2:10, which has become my life verse, “And ye are complete in him.” As I sought the Lord through good times and bad, happy and sad, hard and not so hard times, the Holy Spirit revealed Himself to me. Little by little, I learned who the Lord is. I learned that all my answers are wrapped up in all that He is. I am still learning.
I believe at some point in time that all of us have asked, “What is my purpose in life?” Have we always known our purpose? Or, have we just thrown that question to the universe and hoped for a reply? When we asked the Lord, “What do you want me to do?” We have opened ourselves up to His Lordship and His plan. He always answers. He gives us the next step. If He showed us everything that he had planned for our lives, all at once, I am not sure that we could or would believe it. I know we would be overwhelmed to say the least.
Look at what Paul accomplished for the Lord in his life! However, after his amazing meeting with Jesus, the only directive answer he received was, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” – Acts 9:6 NKJV. Paul was told to keep going in the direction he was going, and he would receive his next step. This is so simple. Keep doing what you are doing until he tells you what to do next. If you do not like the way your life is going, turn to God, go in a different direction, and wait on further instruction. Every time, if you seek Him, you will find him.
I enCOURAGE you to ask the two questions of Jesus: Who are you and what do you want me to do? He will answer you. It might take a little time for Him to return the call, but he always calls back. I pray that you spend the rest of your life with that same goal of Paul: “…that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection…” – Philippians 3:10 NKJV