God’s Litmus Test

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ACTS 9:1-12
“1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: [it is] hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought [him] into Damascus.
9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I [am here], Lord.
11 And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for [one] called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting [his] hand on him, that he might receive his sight.”

Notice the one thing the Lord paid attention to. “Behold he prayeth.” This passage gives the account of the conversion of Saul of Tarsus on the Damascus road. God commands a man by the name of Ananias to go and minister to Saul but Ananias has reservations. The Saul that Ananias is familiar with is basically a terrorist. He has been murdering & arresting Christians everywhere he goes. Now the Lord is asking him to go & find this Saul. Here’s the indicator that things a different: “behold he prayeth.” Now go back a few verses & you will see what Saul was praying.

    1. “WHO ARE YOU LORD?” – vs 5


This is about yielding our ATTENTION to God
This is the fundamental question of all of Christianity. We must be diligently seeking to know who the Lord is intimately.

    2. “WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE ME TO DO?” – vs 6


This is about yielding our AGENDA to God
This is a question of our TIME, TALENTS, & TREASURES. Your agenda is easy to figure out. Take a look at how those three things are spent.

Though these seem like very simple questions they are paramount to our faith & eternal future. Ask yourself these questions: Who has my ATTENTION & who dictates my AGENDA? If both do not belong to The Lord something’s wrong. Let’s get things back on track and yield both our ATTENTION & our AGENDA to The Lord!

Let me know some struggles you may have with who or what gets your attention & determines your agenda. Feel free to leave your thought in the comments section.

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God’s Litmus Test

20130117-165043.jpg

ACTS 9:1-12
“1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: [it is] hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought [him] into Damascus.
9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I [am here], Lord.
11 And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for [one] called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting [his] hand on him, that he might receive his sight.”

Notice the one thing the Lord paid attention to. “Behold he prayeth.” This passage gives the account of the conversion of Saul of Tarsus on the Damascus road. God commands a man by the name of Ananias to go and minister to Saul but Ananias has reservations. The Saul that Ananias is familiar with is basically a terrorist. He has been murdering & arresting Christians everywhere he goes. Now the Lord is asking him to go & find this Saul. Here’s the indicator that things a different: “behold he prayeth.” Now go back a few verses & you will see what Saul was praying.

    1. “WHO ARE YOU LORD?” – vs 5


This is about yielding our ATTENTION to God
This is the fundamental question of all of Christianity. We must be diligently seeking to know who the Lord is intimately.

    2. “WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE ME TO DO?” – vs 6


This is about yielding our AGENDA to God
This is a question of our TIME, TALENTS, & TREASURES. Your agenda is easy to figure out. Take a look at how those three things are spent.

Though these seem like very simple questions they are paramount to our faith & eternal future. Ask yourself these questions: Who has my ATTENTION & who dictates my AGENDA? If both do not belong to The Lord something’s wrong. Let’s get things back on track and yield both our ATTENTION & our AGENDA to The Lord!

Let me know some struggles you may have with who or what gets your attention & determines your agenda. Feel free to leave your thought in the comments section.