5/1/2019

“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people 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 proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

Acts 9:13-16

God calls Ananias to go to Saul, but as even good servants sometimes do, Ananias resists. He tries to tell God about Saul, how wretched and dangerous he is! Do we really think we can tell God anything He doesn’t know? “But Lord, this person is evil, surely You can’t use this one for Your work!” How dare we make decisions for God!

The question is posed “why does God use imperfect people?” and the sad answer is “because we’re all He has!” We all have issues we are sorry for, times we have spoken or acted in ways that don’t reflect God’s love, but He calls us back to Him and sends us to serve just the same. We have no right or authority to judge those God chooses.

Can you relate to Ananias, being called to go bless a sinner? Can you identify with Saul, being called from your sin? We are all part of both sides of this, sinners called to minister to other sinners through God’s grace given to us!

Loving Lord, we often resist the plan You have for us and others because it doesn’t “fit” with our plan. Help us to be more obedient, accepting Your will in place of our own, knowing that You love and want the best for all Your children. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

UMC pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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