Ananias and Saul - June 3, 2022

No one could fault the reluctance of Ananias. He knew what Saul had done to the church in Jerusalem. “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 9:17 NKJV).

Tears rush like a tide against the crusts on Saul’s eyes. He blinks and sees the face of his new friend. Within the hour he’s stepping out of the waters of baptism. Within a few days he’s preaching in a synagogue, the first of a thousand sermons. Saul soon becomes Paul and ultimately sires a genealogy of theologians, including Aquinas, Luther, and Calvin.

God used Paul to teach the world, but he first used Ananias to touch Paul. Has God given you a similar assignment? Has God given you a Saul?