“Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to… bring [any belonging to the Way] bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ And he said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And he said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.'” Acts 9:1-5
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory,.. he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another… Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me… As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer,.. ‘As you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’” Matthew 25:31-2,34-36,40-45
In a drastic moment, Paul’s arrogant vitriol toward Christians, his vicious treatment of those he saw as rebelling against rightful authority, was arrested by God’s intrusive, life-changing light. The blinders of self and falsehood were drastically removed, and he recognized that all he did was unto Jesus. The Savior taught His disciples the same– that any good or harm done unto others was actually unto Him. After all, human life is oriented and accountable to the One who made them His image-bearers. Such also are those treated with kindness and generosity, or dismissed with hatred and cruelty.
We may set about our day thinking we own the hours, and answer to ourselves for what we accomplish, but if it is true that ‘in him we live and move and have our being,’ then all we decide and enact, say and spend, is ultimately unto the One who made us. When we criticize, slander, ignore, despise, or hoard, we persecute our Lord and ravage the reputations of His creatures and His church. (Acts 17:28)
What difference will it make in how I spend my time, energy, and love if I offer and direct all to my Lord? (Romans 12:1)
Lord, may I wholeheartedly do everything as unto You, the One worthy of all honor, attention, and exaltation. (Colossians 3:23)