Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord!” he replied. The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.”
Acts 9, such a powerful story. I love how we see the radical love of God on display. What are some of your thoughts on that passage?
We could see ourselves like Saul, en route to Damascus for reasons different than God’s purposes for us; or we could identify with Ananias, who simply wants to obey God.
Like Saul, some of us are blind to God’s purposes in our lives and we have set out on our own purposes. But whether we know it or not, we are already on our way to “Damascus”—to God’s plan for us! He directs our steps before we even know His name. And we should remember that there is no Saul without an Ananias. Ananias doesn't get introspective when God tells him to heal Saul. He doesn't ask for a personal blessing, he doesn't question why he (the faithful sower, faithful disciple) isn't being used as a 'chosen instrument' and why such a bad and disobedient man (Saul) is. Ananias simply obeys.
I love what Jesus first says to Paul “Saul, Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” Jesus didn’t say, “why are you persecuting my church,” but rather He said, “why are you persecuting Me?” I love how Jesus sees Himself in us. We are truly His body.
Yes, this is a call to the Body! Some of us are filled with the fiery passion of Saul while others of us are humble and obedient like Ananias. Both are powerful, both need to come together in proclaiming His name to the lost, to those who don’t yet know their King.