Chapter 45 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.
This week’s question: “Lord, what do you want me to do?” (Acts 9.6).
I love Hawkin’s opening to this chapter:
September 11, 2001, is a date like December 7, 1941— one that will live on in infamy. America was suddenly awakened to the reality that terrorism was not simply confined to the Middle East. Certainly, twenty-first-century terrorism is nothing new to that part of the world. One of the cruelest terrorist attacks of the first century took center stage in Acts, chapter 9. The man was en route from Jerusalem to Damascus, and his goal was clear: stamp out a Christian uprising there. In Acts 8 his terrorist cell, operating out of Jerusalem, had successfully eliminated Stephen, the first Christian martyr. The traveler was engaged in a systematic attempt to use intimidation and murder to crush this new and expanding church. This traveler— named Saul— was the master terrorist of his day, and like today’s terrorists, his evil acts were in the name of religion.
But something happened that transformed him. “Suddenly a light shone round him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ ” (Acts 9: 3– 5). The risen Christ revealed Himself to Saul who, “trembling and astonished,” asked, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” (v. 6).
God had a unique job for Saul, later Paul. He would eventually write over half of the New Testament and travel all over the Mediterranean area sharing the gospel, teaching, and planting churches.
Like Paul each of us is unique and God has a unique purpose for us, a job no one else is designed to do in quite the same way – a job that will bring us joy and satisfaction in the process.
Jeremiah 1.5 says that God knew us before we were even formed in the womb. None of us is an accident. He knew and, in fact, formed our unique DNA. He knew our gifts and talents and designed us with our unique purpose in mind. Hawkins:
If you are trying really hard at a task but not succeeding, maybe you aren’t doing exactly what God intended for you all along, what He fashioned and formed you to do. Find out what that purpose is, because in doing it will come satisfaction. Simply put, it will feel right.
Why not take some time and ask, “Lord, what do you want me to do?”
Next week’s question: “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16.30).
Last week’s question: “What shall we do?” (Acts 2.37). Read it here.
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