When Saul encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus, he first asked, Who are you, Lord? Then upon hearing the response from that Lord and recognizing that it was Jesus whom he had encountered, He asks the Lord another question stating “Lord, what will you have me to do?” Note, how the first time, Saul, asks a question and then addresses the one questioned as Lord. But the second time, Saul, starts his question by addressing the one questioned first as Lord.
The Salvation, from eternal damnation, experience is comprised of not just identifying who Jesus is, but identifying with Jesus (believing in Him) and accepting His Lordship over our lives. But then, what must one do? We must ask the same question that Saul asked Jesus after He addressed Him as Lord. We must ask “Lord, what will you have me to do?” The doing (works) follows the believing (faith) for we are saved by Grace (alone) by faith, called unto (to do) [Godly and] good works (Ephesians 2:8-10). Faith without work is dead! (James 2:17).
This is THE Question to ask after we believe in Jesus. It is also important to recognize that the converted Saul asked for what the will of God was (What wilt thou have me to do?). In other words, he was seeking to do the works that were in the will of God. Many a times, I find myself telling God what I think I should be doing, instead of asking Him as to what His will is and accepting it (without question) to do it as commissioned. Let us not forget to ask God for His will, which should be our work. Have you/I asked THE Question after our Salvation experience, to the Lord?
Acts 9:4-6 (KJV)
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 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.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (KJV)
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
James 2:17 (KJV)
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
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