Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Am I Going to Be Who I Was Going to Be?


Acts 9:3-4 "And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?"

We often are judged, or judge ourselves, in terms of who we are by what we do. We say, there's that doctor, or that preacher, or that drunk or drug attic. But really who we are is not just what we are doing at this moment or phase in our life, but rather a collection of experiences, thoughts and beliefs all along our path in life. That path is carrying us from who we are today towards who we will be tomorrow, and next year, and so on. That path is not a straight one. Its filled with hills, valleys, bumps, potholes, detours, and stop signs, but its a path that is taking us in a general direction.

Remember when you were young, or younger, and you thought of what you wanted to be when you "grew up". There are probably few of us adults that have actually arrived at the place where we thought we would be, for better or worse. I know I sure didn't (for better). As you continue to move forward on your path in life, you have to ask yourself, Am I going to be who I was going to be?

Paul, as written here in the Book of Acts, was on a definite path. He was a man very knowledgeable of Judaism and Hebrew law, yet very zealous about persecuting Christians. Here we read that he was on the road to Damascus, on his way to arrest Christians for simply believing and teaching Christ. He was on his path, but something happened on the way. He encountered Jesus at a crucial and spiritual fork in his road. He became a new person on a new path in life. In fact he was not going to be who he was going to be.

Before I met Jesus on my path in life, I was generally a good person, but I was headed down a road of destruction. Now I'm on a new path. Like a fork in the road, when I first went a new way, I was not far from who I was going to be. At first you could not tell a big difference between who I was and who I was going to be. As time went on, the new me grew more and more different from who I was going to be.

What path are you on right now? All paths will have ups and downs, but it is either one that leads you closer to God, or away from Him. If you are on the wrong path, this very moment you are reading this blog is your fork in the road. Choose a new way. Choose Jesus. Or maybe you have recently chosen a new direction, but you are feeling discouraged because things don't seem much different. You still struggle with the same struggles. I say to you, keep going. Don't turn back. You're on the right path.

Robert Frost wrote, 'Two roads diverged in the woods, and I took the one less traveled; and that has made all the difference." Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life". He provides the path, but only you can choose it. Only you can answer the question, Am I going to be who I was going to be.

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