He was understandably reluctant. He had heard the horror stories. All his friends at church were afraid. He knew the reputation of this man as a terrorizer. This man was a murderer of missionaries. He spouted threats against believers wherever he went. And now God was telling him, Ananias, to go and pray for this man! “But LORD….I have heard….”
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17 So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; 19 and taking food, he was strengthened. (Acts 9:15-19)
God is sovereign.
Sovereign in salvation. God met Saul on the road. Saul encountered the risen, living Christ and was forever changed. God can reach down and save anyone, the most wretched of sinners. This gives us HOPE as we share about Jesus with resistent, hard-hearted people.
Sovereign in missions. God not only saved Saul, he changed his life completely, gave him a new name, chose him for ministry and called him into missions! He is still choosing people today for missions. Is He calling YOU?