A Senator is reported to have said that our early victories in American history were products of “reckless youth favored by improbable run of luck” and that now “we must come of age.” Some of us have felt that an overruling Providence had a hand in the exploits of our forefathers. An attitude similar to the Senator’s prevails among some churchmen as to the early days of the church. The Book of Acts is not the record of Christianity in its “reckless youth” when its early success was due to high enthusiasm favored by circumstance. Nor have we come of age today in our passionless churchanity. America needs to recover the early fervor that made her great and the church needs a new chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.
DOING BUSINESS WITH CHRIST: PAUL
Who art thou, Lord? …Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?
Acts 9:5, 6
Paul did business with the Lord. His was the authentic Who-What experience. Men who mean business with the Lord are definite and practical: “What comes next? What shall I do now?” Whatsoever He says, they do.
We live in a slovenly age, when duty and obedience and discipline have been relegated to the attic, along with the worn-out parlor lamp and cylinder-record phonograph. We had better bring them downstairs. We are not doing too well without them. A generation of unconverted young Sauls kicks against the pricks. They will not do business with Christ, because to do so He must be confessed and obeyed as Lord. “Who, Lord? Lord, what?” A lot of sentimental slush about Jesus forgets that “love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”
The young ruler refused to submit to the Lordship of Jesus. Paul started right: “Who, Lord? Lord, what?” And who ever did greater business with and for His Lord?