Acts 9:1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
Saul’s question, “Who are you, Lord,?” was the unexpected beginning of his identity with Christ. We see the reality of the man God created Paul to be unfold in a large part of the New Testament. Those words still inspire us today to discover the reality of our own identity with Christ.
You know Paul’s story. He walked down that Damascus road convinced he knew the unassailable truth about God. Paul saw himself as obedient, full of moral virtue and willing to brutally ensure the future of what he believed. God saw something more: a committed man who was not Godless, but not Godly either when He asked “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
Paul’s identity with Christ began when he replied “Who are you, Lord?” The answer would open his eyes and change his heart from the unassailable truth he knew ABOUT God to the unassailable truth OF God. The Bible is filled with stories of flawed, but not Godless, people we can easily identify with who were changed into Godly people with a new identity. Paul wrote about his own experience of God’s revealed truth. That truth still has the power to change the identity of those who dare to ask “Who are you, Lord?”