15 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. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
These verses come from the story of Paul’s conversion. A persecutor of Christianity, he was on his way to the city of Damascus to arrest Christians but when he encountered Christ; he left the meeting blind. Ananias was directed by God to go and find Paul then pray for him to receive his sight. Imagine what you and I might do with a calling like Paul’s, “I will show him how much he must suffer for my name” Isaiah was told that God was sending him to preach to a people who would not receive him or listen to him. (Isaiah 6:9-13). Would you answer, “Yes” to a difficult call? Would you serve without being served? (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about Jesus and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Take a moment to pray for one person on your mind Pray for your relationship with them; for their situation; for God to be near to them.