- Three characters are found in this portion of Scripture: Saul, Ananias & God. It’s amazing how God brings people together. Saul & Ananias are an example of this.
- Saul seemed “too bad” to be redeemed. He agreed to the death of Stephan, ravished the church, breathed threats and murder (rage) toward Christians. But then Jesus showed up with a bright light and Saul had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.
- All we know about Ananias was that he was a disciple from Damascus but God used him to minister to Saul. God called Ananias by name in a vision and he responded immediately, “Here am I, Lord.” When God told him to go to Saul and pray for his healing, Ananias questioned God. God told Ananias that Saul is “My chosen instrument” and Ananias obeyed.
- Ananias speaks to Saul: “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
- Message for us from this story:
God sends us to the broken people within our sphere of influence. God will use no matter how unequipped we might think we are. We do not know what hangs in the balance when God sends us to someone. (Ananias had no idea how God would use Saul to spread the Gospel and to write most of the New Testament.)