“And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” Acts 9:4
Every generation has its defining moment. There are different thoughts regarding what a defining moment means. One writer describes defining moment as:
“A point in your life when you are urged to make a pivotal decision, or when you experience something that fundamentally changes you. ... Moments that are truly defining will force you to ask “why," often challenge your beliefs/norms, and force you to behave differently”.
As believers we may experience numerous moments in our lives that may cause us to change our perspective. What I have discovered in a defining moment is it will build resilience and more importantly, “your true self will be manifested.” These events can be positive or negative but either way, we are never the same after experiencing one. Depending on these events people can see themselves as a “Victim or Victor.” Author Jeffrey Archer has observed that “There are defining moments in one’s life when you learn about yourself.”
In Acts 9:3-6, Paul encountered a “defining moment” in his life. It was a life changing experience for him. Prior to his “moment” he persecuted the followers of Jesus Christ. Until one day, while on his way to continue with his persecution, he met Jesus. From that moment Paul’s entire life changed.
I believe during this season we as the Church (individual) are experiencing a “defining moment” in our life. We are discovering “Who the real Church is.” For so long we have been busy doing church stuff, we forgot to be “The Church.” This is the time to shout out, “Will the REAL Saint please stand.”
Paul discovered through this encounter he was persecuting the Lord Jesus Christ. The conversion of Saul is quite significant as it was the turning point in his life. In Acts 9:5 it reads, “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.”
To understand the meaning behind, “it is hard to kick against the prick”, let us examine the task of a farmer and oxen. A farmer uses an ox goad (stick with a sharp point) used to prod the oxen when plowing. In order to steer the animal in the right direction the farmer would prick the animal. Sometimes the animal would rebel by kicking out at the prick, and this would result in the prick being driven even further into its flesh. The more an ox rebelled, the more it suffered. We can learn a lesson from the oxen, the more we rebelled against God, the more we will suffer.
Solomon stated, “Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die” Proverbs 15:10.
As Paul did, let us make this moment count. Let us not go back. Remember, “Old ways won’t open new doors.”
Blessings and Shalom!
Eld. Cynthia Henry