When’s the last time you saw God change someone’s life? I mean really change them. Acts 9 is about life-change.
Angry – full of threats towards followers of Jesus
Eager to Kill Christians
Prepared – he had all he needed to fulfill his mission (authority)
Headed down the wrong road
Then Saul meets God. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience of life-change. God rattles Saul’s cage. Changes his name to Paul, but more importantly, God changes Saul’s life forever.
Chosen – by God to be a choice instrument in His hands
Anointed – he began powerfully preaching the message of Jesus
Wanted – the Jews (who he used to be partners with) wanted him dead now
Bold – in his witness
What changed? He met Jesus. Jesus changed him forever.
One more thing…
Can you imagine being Ananias? It must have been very scary to be asked by God to disciple Paul. This was the man responsible for killing so many Christians. Ananias had to trust the voice of God.
What if he had said no to God? What an opportunity he would have missed! Ananias got to be the first person to disciple the apostle Paul. Think about that for a minute.
Now, let me ask you a question. How many opportunities do you and I miss by failing to obey God and boldly share with those He places in our paths? How many apostle Paul’s do we miss because we’re afraid?
God please help us to be bold and obedient to you. To share you without fear to those we go to school with, work with, and live with. Help us to be your hands and feet to others that may seem hopeless – remembering that hope is found in You.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor