Summary: What would the Lord have us to do?
"What wilt thou have me to do" in 99?
In Acts chapter 9 we have the miracle of Saul’s conversion. Paul’s conversion was perhaps the greatest event in church history after the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Note his deadly enmity against the church (1a). Then I observe his driving energy against the church. Bitterly determine to weak vengeance on the believers. He was as an angry animal whose very breath was dangerous. Some have said that Paul’s madness and obsession to destroy Christianity was driven by a desire to gain favor with the authorities. Paul was the fierce enemy of the church. However on the road to Damascus, Paul had a forceful encounter that changed his life forever. There was the light from heaven and the Lord from heaven that Paul that left an impact upon him. He was never the same again.
Verse 6 presents Paul as he puts the Lord on the throne of his heart. "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" The Lord answered him and told him to arise and go into the city of Damascus and more directions would follow. "Lord. what wilt thou have me to do" was not just the response of Paul’s heart on the road to Damascus but it was constantly the heart throb of Paul. Now, I know that the Lord has a perfect will for every born again child of God, and many of the specific things in that will I do not know. However, there are some general things that I believe God wants us all to do in 1999. What would the Lord have us to do in 1999?
I. He would have us to GROW
We have a duty with regards to the Scriptures.
Word is needed to conceive
Must grow in the Word of God.
How is physical health maintained?
A. Avoidance of that which is harmful
negative) MUST lay aside certain things that would hinder our appetite for the Word of God.
"malice"-- ill will towards. Vicious nature which is bent on doing harm to others.
"guile" -- craftiness
"hypocrisy" -- deception in putting on a front
"envies" -- resentful begrudging of the blessings or success that someone else has
"evil speaking" -- speaking against another person by slander or defaming of character
SIN IN THE LIFE DESTROYS ONE’S APPETITE FOR THE WORD OF GOD.
B. Assimilating of that which is useful
When children are sick, they just don’t eat. When a Christian is spiritually sick, they have little or no appetite for the eternal Word of God. A spiritually healthy Christian is a hungry Christian!
See II Peter 3:18 (quickview) . It is impossible to maintain a spiritual status quo, if you don’t grow, you will retrogress. To grow their must be adequate nourishment, and spiritual nourishment is found only in the Word of God.
II. He would have us to GO
III. He would have us to GLOW
A light can do many things. It shines in the darkness. It may guide as it does on the runway of an airport. It also welcomes (Luke 8:16 (quickview) ). Most of us are familiar with the advertisement of Motel 8 that says we will leave the light on.