Then Paul said, “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, and I was brought up and educated here in Jerusalem under Gamaliel. As his student, I was carefully trained in our Jewish laws and customs. I became very zealous to honor God in everything I did, just like all of you today. And I persecuted the followers of the Way, hounding some to death, arresting both men and women and throwing them in prison. The high priest and the whole council of elders can testify that this is so. For I received letters from them to our Jewish brothers in Damascus, authorizing me to bring the followers of the Way from there to Jerusalem, in chains, to be punished. As I was on the road, approaching Damascus about noon, a very bright light from heaven suddenly shone down around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’
‘Who are you, lord?’ I asked.
And the voice replied, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, the one you are persecuting.’ The people with me saw the light but didn’t understand the voice speaking to me. I asked, ‘What should I do, Lord?’” –Acts 22:3-10
The Upper School and Horizons Choirs combined to open Wednesday morning’s Chapel service, singing “Center of my Joy”, directed by Mr. Robert Pate and featuring Somachi Amadi, Bryana Bello, and Chanel Sanchez as soloists.
Following their lovely performance, Pastor Mark Scott (Caleb, ’20), Associate Pastor of Azusa Christian Community Center in Dorchester and Boston Trinity Academy Board member, delivered the annual Veterans Day Chapel address. “The Armed Services is the best teacher,” Pastor Scott said. “The Air Force taught me everything I needed to know to be successful.”
As he moved into the account of St. Paul’s defense before the crowd in Jerusalem, Pastor Scott focused on Paul’s words, “What should I do?”
“My prayer is that you will come to know your purpose,” he said. “An encounter with Christ led Paul to ask, ‘What should I do?’” Sometimes God will change one’s vocation, Pastor Scott explained. Saul became Paul; the persecutor became a missionary. “Once you find your vocation you will pursue it through all kinds of trials,” he said. “The question is not so much what you want to do when you grow up as it is what you want to be.”
“Do not fret if you don’t know the answer to what you want to be,” Pastor Scott encouraged. “It is a big question – a life question – one you will always be asking and answering through life. Work with others to figure out what to do and then do it.”
Pastor Scott gave four suggestions, “not so much to answer, but to keep you asking.”
The first, he said, is to pray. Pray for one hour every day and never do anything you know to be wrong. “This is not easy in an age of compromise,” he said.
Second, whatever your gift is, fan it into flame. “Just as you would strike a match, strike the rock of Christ. Fan it until you get a flame, and then a roaring fire.”
Third, he encouraged, “Whatever your gift is, use it! This is the way to get a flame.”
Lastly, Pastor Scott urged students to pray the question “What should I do, Lord?” He concluded by saying, “God will answer! He will direct your path and will shape you into what you should be when you grow up. Pray! Pray the question!”