The Damascus Road
9 Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. [a]It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”6 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.”7 And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. 8 Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. Acts 9
Everything changes when we encounter the living God.
Saul received his commission, directly from Jesus. Saul was on the road, but still had to go into Damascus and be told what to do. Saul was told to meet with Ananias who laid hands on him to receive the Holy Spirit, was baptized, and then accepted by the disciples there.
While Saul’s Damascus road conversion was a dramatic life-changing experience; it is the same as many of us who come to God more gradually; we “get” the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We realize that we have gone our own way long enough, and God has an offer and a plan better than we can ever imagine.
Today’s training; Paul became the most prolific author of the New Testament but he first needed to change and was entered into discipleship. He needed a mentor in Ananias, needed to accept the Holy Spirit, needed to be baptized, and needed to be in community with other believers.
You say you accepted Christ; but has your life, mind and heart changed? Have you accepted the Holy Spirit? Have you been baptized? Are you in a community of believers ? Where are you in the process of discipleship and who are you discipling ? Commit to taking the next step on the road to your Damascus