The man known as Saul of Tarsus arguably shares one of the most radical conversions to the Christian faith that we read of in our Bibles. So important is this man’s turn-around, that the book of Acts records his testimony three separate times (see Acts 9, Acts 22 and Acts 26). This emphasis teaches us many things, including the practical nudge of how important it is for us to share our own testimonies. But there is more to it than that. In fact, if one pays close attention to Paul’s second time retelling his amazing encounter with the resurrected Lord, they will notice that he asked two questions as a response to meeting Him.
The first was “Who are you, Lord?” and the second, “What shall I do, Lord?” (Acts 22:8-10) These cries are important for us to grasp. Although Paul’s experience was unique, his response to his turning point experience is most definitely a model for all people who claim to have met Christ. In other words, a person who truly has been confronted, convicted and changed by the Lord will as a result echo the same requests Paul had as a lifelong pursuit.
“Who are you, Lord?” will be something that a true born-again believer will desire from the moment his heart has been changed. There will be a hunger to know God through His word, to seek Him in the place of prayer, and to grow in personal intimacy with Him. “What shall I do, Lord?” will follow the first desire, because that same person will also want to serve Christ in His church, to discover and grow in their gifts in order to glorify Him before the world and before other believers. This question will be asked throughout many seasons of life as things change and as the Christian longs to fulfill God’s perfect will for their lives. In fact, you can see that Paul’s desires to know Christ and serve Christ only grew throughout time (Philippians 3:8-11, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
It is true that those requests will be challenged by temptations, discouragements and other difficult seasons. It is also possible for those requests to lose fervency and consistency when life throws so much at us and we aren’t careful to guard our hearts. But if a person has absolutely no desire to know Christ or to serve Christ, then they must ask themselves if they have truly met Christ.
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