“As he journeyed, he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting…” (Acts 9:3-5, ESV).
The Bible, written by the Holy Spirit, gives us access into the mind of God. “Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:27, NKJV). It would seem logical then, that if we have a need, this would be the place to go.
Last week, we began discussing what it is to live in the Light. The Bible describes living in the Light and the resulting benefits to you and me. In the opening passage, Saul is on a mission; a religious mission. In his mind, he is dutifully and faithfully serving the office of a Pharisee, a sect of the Jewish people at that time. Perhaps it is because of his faithfulness to the cause that got Jesus’ attention, so much so, that He appears to Saul on the road, in a blazing light.
It is said that Jesus dwells in, “Unapproachable light.” (1 Timothy 6:16). By Saul’s response to this confrontation, we see his willingness to do whatever the Lord asks. From this, I believe it is safe to draw a couple of conclusions: First, when we either draw near to God, Who is enshrouded in this Light; this Glory, or, when we are confronted by His presence, we may receive direction for our lives. If we, like Saul, are on the wrong road, as it were… then we can see that His Light, His presence will give us precise direction, and if need be, course correction.
Second, His presence sharpens our focus in life. He, who knows the end from the beginning, will help us become more productive, enabling us to sift through what is merely good and what is God. The two are not always the same. If we are to fulfill the purpose for which He has created us, we need the mind of Christ. Being immersed in the Word of God is the primary way we receive that.
“Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore, I hate every false way. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:104-105, NKJV). This makes the point most effectively. Often, we find ourselves blundering down life’s road, doing things with our time, either we wish we weren’t, or, doing things we think are right, only to discover we were headed in the wrong direction – if you’re like me, you’ve been there.
Turning to God through His Word, immersing ourselves in His perspective of life, gives us proper perspective through which to live a truly successful life. Life isn’t about having more stuff. Life is about impact! As we are impacted by the presence of God, we can more effectively impact others.
More next week!
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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