And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 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.
When Jesus revealed Himself to Paul, it made all the difference in his life. Before his conversion, he was a zealous Jew, a man full of passion for what he thought was right. He pursued the persecution of Christians with all of his energy. And when he finally learned the truth, he followed Christ with that same passion and energy. Jesus made it personal with Paul, and He pursues each of us and seeks out the lost in the same way still today.
We must all “see” Jesus for ourselves before we can be converted. We can’t trust in another person’s faith in Jesus. We can’t depend on someone else’s relationship with Him. We must encounter Him for ourselves, and He must be very real to each of us, more than an idea or something that other people believe in. He must be more than an ideology or a principle to follow. We must see Him as a real person who desires a relationship with each of us. He will gladly introduce Himself to our hearts, and then it is our choice to accept or reject Him.
No matter how long we’ve been saved, let’s ask ourselves how real Jesus is to us. Is He as real as our family and friends that we can touch, see, and hear? Is He more than an idea in our minds or a character in a book? Do we treat Him like the real person that He is? Maybe over the years we’ve gathered up all of these things that we know about Jesus from church or our parents or Christians we know. But do we know Him personally? Are we trusting in Him and building our relationship with Him?
As we go about our day-to-day lives, pursuing what we think is right, either as believers or unsaved people, there is someone out there watching us, someone who loves us very, very much. There is someone who wants to be near to us, to talk with us, to have fellowship with us. There is someone who wants our hearts and our lives and for us to be joined together with Him as one. Have we introduced ourselves to Him? Have we opened our hearts to this sweet Friend? If we haven’t, let’s cry out to Him and seek a real, fulfilling relationship with Jesus. And if we have, let’s seek to know Him more and more every day.