Welcome Home – 40 Day Fast Devotion #29
One Link in the Chain
Matt Destry – Communications Pastor
In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered. The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
We often do not know the role we have in the lives of others. We may play a significant and instrumental role in someone’s life for a long period of time, and for others, just a moment. We don’t know this when we meet them of course, but every Kingdom connection is significant, and Kingdom connections take courage.
Imagine Ananias’ surprise and horror as he is told by Jesus to go to a particular house on a particular street on Damascus, and meet with someone who was at that stage for a follower of Jesus, public enemy number one! He is given very specific instructions about what he must do, and it is as though God has this special assignment just for Ananias. Ananias was a faithful man with a relationship to God that was expressed in obedience to His word.
Sometimes, we must step out in spite of fear, and be courageous even when we don’t feel that brave. Certainly, Ananias had reason to be afraid, but obedience trumped his fear. What it led to was an amazing experience of transformation for Saul, at the hands of this faithful man. The life of Saul (who soon became Paul) was filled with miracles, not the least of these being his healing at the hands of a man from Damascus who stepped out in the face of fear.
We do not get any guarantees in exchange for obedience, but we do know the character of God. We do not always know the investment we have in the lives of others, but we do know that we have been called to love and serve. We do not always feel up to the task of following Jesus, but we do know where the story ends.
1/ When have you had to be courageous for God?
2/ Think of your salvation story. How many people were involved in your coming to faith in Christ?
3/ How can you be more open to God using you in seemingly ‘small ways’?