Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.”And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.” Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “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.” Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized. So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus.
Because of my husband’s work, I get to attend quite a few seminars on how to motivate people and how to make them shine in their work. Easier said than done. It is important to get the right person for a certain job. We all have an area of expertise. For instance, I am not the decorator. I gladly pass that one off to someone who likes that sort of thing. I would rather cook…and eat, but that’s a whole different topic since I’m on a diet right now and I’m hungry.
Ananias was chosen for a job. When the Lord called him in a vision, I bet never in his wildest dreams would he think that God was calling him to voluntarily meet with Saul. The Lord responds that He chose Paul to bring Christ to Gentiles, Kings and the children of Israel, and to suffer. Ironically, Saul was chosen for a job too. Ananias obeys and scales fell off of Saul’s eyes. I would have loved to see what that looked like. I also would have loved to see the disciples’ in Damascus response when he worshipped with them.
As believers, we all have a calling from our Lord to fulfill what He would have us to do. Sometimes we are clear in that calling. Sometimes we are clueless and need to seek the Lord diligently and ask Him to make our way clear. In all cases, we need to submit to His will no matter what the cost. And let’s face it, most of us are not being asked to sacrifice much at all. Are you willing to do the Lord’s Will when He asks you?
Written by Kaye Dee Richards. Kaye Dee lives with her husband Colin in Morrison, CO. They have 4 children, Joshua, Amelia, Victoria, and Julia.