10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
11 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. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
17 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.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
Points to Ponder
God uses Ananias to help Paul enter into his new life. Without Ananias, Paul would still have been blind. Today, God also places many people on our path to lead us to Christ and grow in Christ. Do you have these angels in your life? You will have to thank them literally FOREVER.
Ananias was reluctant to accept the mission because of what he heard about Paul. Still, he obeyed. He was willing to obey God’s command. He was willing to extend his acceptance and forgiveness to Paul. See how he addressed Paul? “Brother….” It really wasn’t easy to do. To receive a Christian murderer to my home? I’m not sure if I’m up for the task. But I’m sure God indeed chooses the right person for the right job.
So what does God choose you to do? What’s your story?