Daily Worship

Inside Out

Neil MacLennan April 25, 2014 0 0

Acts 9: 1-19

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 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. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord-Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here-has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptised, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

You really must have hated me Saul
With every breath you cursed my name
and those who spoke it.

Your cunning and ingenuity served you well
Giving you the ability to walk into any Synagogue
and root out those you saw as troublemakers

Your chief troublemaker has ultimately eluded you though.
Was death the easy way out?
Wouldn’t you like to meet me? Your archnemesis?

Your wish is my command.

Here I am.
Now, what do you think? Speak up. Cat got your tongue?
Saul, I want you to be my servant.

Through you I will show the power of my peace
Through you I will show the grace of my Spirit
Through you I will show the extent of my love

Father, there is no transformation that you can’t undertake
Show me that no matter my past or my present,
you can transform my future.

Change me from the inside out.
The things I know with my head,
that I love with my heart,
and upon which my soul has compassion.
Let them flourish outwith my body
Let them have life in my words and actions
Peace. Grace. Love.


by Neil MacLennan