Read: Acts 21:37-22:16
Think: Beginning in Acts 22, Paul shares—in his own words—his encounter with Jesus when he was blinded by a bright light on the road to Damascus. In his account, he explains how he hears the Lord Jesus call out to him asking, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” It is only a brief exchange before Saul (also called Paul) is convinced that it is Jesus Himself speaking to him. He immediately asks, “What should I do, Lord?” Luke records Paul’s words, “And the Lord told me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you be told everything to do.’” As Paul continues his story to the crowd, he describes how a man, Ananias, has been sent by God to where Paul is staying to deliver the following message: “The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and hear him speak. For you are to be his witness, telling everyone what you have seen and heard. What are you waiting for? Get up and be baptized. Have your sins washed away by calling on the name of the Lord.
Act: Some of my favorite passages in the book of Acts include, “Get up and go!” They prompt, challenge, encourage, excite, impart, implore and nudge us to get unstuck. Much of the role of a coach, pastor, mentor and parent is to encourage those who are stuck, lagging, overwhelmed, or even lazy to GET UP and GO! In other words, don’t just “get up,” but “go!” Where do you begin? Get up and go DO the one thing, the first thing, God asks you to do. Sometimes you have to stop doing something. Other times you have to start doing something. Many times we have to continue doing something. What is God asking you to do today? ______________________________ Now, get up and go!
Pray: Dear Lord, I hear You! I know You are speaking to me about: _____________________________________________. I need courage to get up and go do this. I confess my laziness. I ask you to forgive me for procrastinating. I ask You for help to follow through! Today, I will _________________________________________. I need you, Lord. Amen.
Be full of faith today!