It’s Personal – Part Two
Acts 22:7 – And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
Take a moment and read our Text for Today once again, very closely. Now, in the light of that reading, allow me to ask a few simple questions. Who was Saul (Paul) attempting to have imprisoned? Who was Saul trying to have brought to trial? Who was Saul seeking to persecute to death? If you were to ask Saul that question, he would tell you it was those who were believers in Jesus, believers in the Way, those who would become known as Christian.
But it seems that Jesus had a different perspective. Though Saul was targeting flesh and blood, Jesus saw it as being personally targeted by Saul. Do you see that? Jesus did not ask Saul why he was perse-cuting the church. He did not ask Saul why he was persecuting believers. He asked Saul, “Why persecutest thou me?” You see, Jesus took it personally. Why? Because Jesus and His church are One. And Jesus takes that personally. You should, too.
And your scope of taking it personally needs to be broadened much more than you likely realize. What about all your brothers and sisters in Christ? Jesus considers all who believe in Him as being a very personal part of Himself. That is true for each and every Christian on the planet. And in His position on the right hand of Father, He ever lives to make intercession for the saints according to Father’s will. If He takes any attack on any member of His body personally, should we not take any attack on any believer just as personally? Are we not commanded to be imitators of Him?
As the Scriptures would say, I call heaven and earth to record concerning you today, you are one with Jesus. That makes you one with every other believer in the body of Christ. And because we are not only one with Him, but with one another, it becomes our responsibility to be prayerfully engaged in the life of the whole body. I am not saying that you would pray for every other member of the body, but if we are connected, then we are likewise connected to Holy Spirit. And if we are connected to Holy Spirit, then each of us is in position to be led by Him at any moment to intercede for any other member of the body of Christ to whom He draws our attention to apply our faith. Do you know of believers who are victims of Satan’s devices? If you do, it’s personal. Do you know a Christian struggling with sickness, poverty, or deception? If you do, it’s personal. No, it’s not your responsibility to meet their need. That belongs to the Lord. But it is your responsibility to speak up for them in prayer, to put your faith on the line to defend them.
Manna for Today – Acts 22:1-21; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Hebrews 7:25; Ephesians 5:1; Philippians 4:19