We’re still reading the book of Acts and if you’re reading along with us, you know that there is never a dull moment in the lives of these early Christians. We just keep reading about one adventure after the other. Some adventures, like Philip’s, almost seem too easy. Not that I mind, but it is such a contrast to the paths of some of the others.
Acts has so many lessons for me to learn, but I still think that the greatest lesson comes in chapter 9 when Jesus appears to Saul (and by “appears” I mean he throws Saul to the ground, speaks to him from a great light, and then blinds him). Jesus doesn’t ask Saul why he’s persecuting the church, or why he’s persecuting the followers of Jesus. He asks in verse 4, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
This quote from Jesus reminds me of two important facts that might seem obvious, but I still liked to be reminded of them. First, Jesus cares about the church. It matters to him if we do well or if we’re struggling. We are never overlooked or forgotten. Second, the church belongs to Jesus. In other words, we’re not in charge because Jesus is already in charge. If things ever seem beyond my understanding or abilities, which actually happens a lot, I know that everything is in his hands. I should probably remember this fact when it comes to other things in my life, not just the church.
I’m getting ready to start reading about Paul’s many adventures starting in chapter 12. Like I said, never a dull moment. Happy reading!