‘Go! This man is My chosen instrument to carry My name.’ Acts 9:15 NIV
Saul of Tarsus was the last person on earth you’d ever have expected to become a Christian, much less the author of half the New Testament. Describing his life before he met Christ, he wrote, ‘I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.’ (Galatians 1:13 NKJV) So, during this persecution, when God called Ananias to go and pray for Saul, Ananias wasn’t too keen on the idea: ‘“I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on Your name.” But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.”’ (Acts 9:13–15 NIV)
Ananias knew what Saul had done to the church. What he was about to learn, however, is that God was at work in Saul’s heart. Within a few short years God would use Paul to touch the world, but first He used Ananias to touch Paul. Has God given you a similar assignment? Has He given you a Saul? If so, don’t give up on him or her. When other people write them off, give them another chance. Ananias didn’t know about Paul’s encounter with Christ on the Damascus Road. God can go where you can’t, and get through to a person when you’re unable to reach them. Always remember: God never sends you where He hasn’t already been. So, by the time you reach your Saul, who knows what you’ll find?
SoulFood: Is 26–29, John 6:25–34, Ps 104:1–23, Prov 28:5–8
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018
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