Today I will face the harsh reality that I, like Paul, persecute Jesus, not with the same venom or tragic results, but persecute Him nonetheless in a life not totally given to Him. “Self-driven service is a sham.” (My Utmost for His Highest Classic Edition). Remember that Paul’s idea of serving God was to stone Stephen.
Learn to understand how to serve God with these words from Matthew 11:28:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Message
Acts 26:14 The Voice
We all fell to the ground in fear, and I then heard a voice. The words were in Aramaic: “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? When you kick against the cattle prods, you’re only hurting yourself.” (Meaning useless resistance)
Today I will go to God’s altar to serve Him and not my notion of service.