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.” “But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.” But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.”
We have to depend on the body. Saul learned this, for there is no “Paul” without an Ananias. Saul couldn’t become Paul until Ananias prayed for his eyes to open. For Paul, he had to be supernaturally helpless in order to receive help from Ananias.
Yes!! So true! Saul had vision without sight! But the vision of a friend (Ananias) brought sight to Saul…and helped me on his journeying to become Paul. Until then, Saul had been in a complete wildness. But after Jesus called to him, He set Saul on a transformative journey.
I love that Ananias first words to Saul were, “Brother.” He didn’t earn His way into the family of God. He belonged before he even began to believe!
Ananias understood how this all works. God is not set against the world, it’s us that are set against Him. This is such a revelation for the church to grasp!
Even though Ananias knew of Saul's deeds, he called him “brother” and saw him as part of God’s family already. This is a reflection of the bride of Christ, the church. In all our flaws, Jesus still calls us beautiful. So that is the very message we share to the world: “Brother, you’re already beautiful in God’s eyes. You just need your eyes opened to see it.”
This makes my eyes open up again to His goodness, all the more!