- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Acts 9
Luke introduced Saul and his conversion experience three time in the book of Acts, 9:4-6; 22:6-16; 26:12-18). His experience was important in three ways;
Conversion —- It was his dramatic conversion experience on his way to Damascus to arrest the early Christians, called the followers of the Way. He was told that persecuting the people of the Way was persecuting, Jesus Christ. This experienced changed him from a persecutor to an advocator of the faith in Jesus Christ, forming his identity. Later, this conversion experience gave him the proof of apostleship to the people who questioned his authority.
Calling — His conversion experience was a calling from God for specific purpose, “to carry Jesus’ name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.” (v15). Three days of his blindness paralleled to three days of death of Jesus Christ before resurrection. He died to his past and was risen to his new life with the healing of his sight. In the epistle he wrote to the church in Asia minor, he introduced himself, “Paul (Hebrew name of Saul), called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God.”
Witness to the end of the earth(Acts 1:8) — Saul’s conversion and calling turned around the ministry of witness of Jesus Christ, from within the center of Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, to outer world, Meditation world, Asia and Europe. It opened the door for “witness to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
The story of Peter’s healing ministry also provided the expansion of witnessing of Jesus Christ to outside of Jerusalem church. Joppa, current Tel Aviv in Israel, was seaport city flourished with international trades and people. The Holy Spirit worked through Peter in Joppa to open the door for mission for gentile people.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- “How do you reflect Jesus Christ to others?”
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.