Coffee Break

"Who Are You, Lord?"

"And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks."  Acts 9:4,5

Let's look this morning at the life of Saul (Paul).  If ever there was a religious person he was one, and had the credentials to prove it.  "Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless." (Philippians 3:5,6)  Paul served his religion well even defending it to the point of persecuting those who did not follow it.  But he didn't know "who" he was following.  When he had an encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus (while on his way to fulfill his religious duties), he had to ask Him, "Who are you?"

A person can be regular in their church attendance, serve in different areas of the church, do all those things we consider religious, follow a religious code, be involved in certain religious practices, fulfill their religious duties and still not know who Jesus is?  Saul claimed to serve God but he didn't know the one he was serving.  "Who are you, Lord?  I am Jesus whom you are persecuting."

Are you one of those people this morning?  You faithfully attend church; you are involved in all its activities; you support it with your giving, yet that is all it is to you- religious ritual, duty and obligation.  Your religious service means nothing if you don't know the one you are serving.  Saul didn't know Jesus, therefore, his religious service meant nothing and it was ill-directed.  Do you know Jesus?  Do you know who He is?  Do you have a personal relationship with Him? 

Have a great day.  It is possible to serve a religious code of ethics- church attendance, giving, etc.- and still not know Jesus. 

For further reading:
Acts 8:1-3
Matthew 7:21-23
Mark 7:5,6

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