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.”
Radical grace leads to radical transformation. I love how I am like Ananias sometimes. I try to bargain with God about who can be saved and who can’t be. I see people through the eyes of flesh instead of faith. But Jesus didn’t entertain it: He just said “Go!”
How am I currently limiting the potential of what God wants to do in someone else through my lack of faith in His ability to transform?
Wow!! It's so, so true! I do that all the time. We try to control what the salvation of God looks like and who is actually redeemable. Truth is we've all fallen short. Our sin may not look the same but it doesn't change the fact that it's sin. I am Saul and I am Ananias.
Exactly. I have to see myself as both in the story to truly understand how much I need the grace of God. I love how this story shows that there is no path, no road, no person that is beyond the saving grace of Jesus. I love that one that opposed God, is the very one that He chose to bring His message to the Gentiles. I partly think that’s why Paul was so effective in His ministry. He had a true revelation of Grace.