Acts 26:12-14: Persecuting Jesus.
“12 ‘On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. 13 About noon, King Agrippa, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions. 14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic,“Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” NIV UK
Don’t miss the point in these familiar words that what you do to a Christian, you do to Christ; what you do the church, you do to Jesus; what you do to the body you do to the Head. The Head of the church and the church are one. You can’t hurt God’s people without also hurting Him. In all our afflictions He is afflicted. ‘’Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’’ (14). Paul could have argued that it was the church he was targeting, but in his heart he knew that he was motivated by deep hatred for the name of Jesus. He was guilty as charged. Jesus Himself taught: ‘’I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me…’’ And again: ‘’I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me’’ (Matthew 25:40,45).
In the book of Hebrews 6:10 you also come across these wonderful words: ‘’God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.’’ So how we treat the church is how we treat Jesus Himself. We can bring joy to his heart or cause Him pain. What opportunities we have today, and what responsibilities we carry. May God Himself help us.
‘’Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins’’ (James 4:16).
PRAYER: Help me Lord to love and serve you today as I meet you in your people.