January 10, 2020
Acts 9:10-19a (NASB)
by Eric Bronkala
Clergy / Director of Chaplain Services
Shannondale Retirement Communities
Knoxville & Maryville, TN
10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying, 12 and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your saints at Jerusalem; 14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; 16 for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.” 17 So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; 19 and he took food and was strengthened. Acts 9:10-19a (NASB)
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In our scripture for today, the Lord calls Ananias out of his comfort zone. His assignment is to go to Saul and restore the man’s sight.
Now you can understand why Ananias would be concerned. He knew of Saul and his reputation. He feared what an encounter with him might produce – perhaps prison, torture, or even death. Yet, Ananias risked his life to obey the Lord’s command.
He comes to Saul and says, “Brother Saul.” Oh…the power of those words! He could have said, “Persecutor” or “Murderer.” He could have judged Saul for his previous life of violence. But instead, Ananias addresses him as a brother, refusing to hold Saul’s sins against him. He shows Saul the same mercy, forgiveness and compassion that Jesus Christ has shown him. He does what the Lord requires, restoring Saul’s sight, sharing the gospel with him, baptizing him, and welcoming him into the church.
Where is the Lord calling you to go?
What is the Lord calling you to do?
Remember God will never call you to do something He thinks you are incapable of doing. As long as you are willing to do God’s work, He will always give you the necessary tools for the job.
May you be like Ananias, trusting in the Lord, and willing to do whatever He requires in order to share the healing love of Jesus.