These verses witness the apostle Paul’s incredible transformation, going from persecuting Christians to becoming a key part of the gospel spreading around the world. As I read these verses, I feel personally convicted by Ananias’ reaction and how he saw all that Paul had done instead of what God was preparing to do through Him. I know that I can be easily locked into my own idea of who someone is based on past experiences. Even though discernment is a good thing and even a spiritual gift from God, I want to be able to always leave room for God to do the miraculous in someone’s life. Who knows who God could send us out to next! Is there someone God has been highlighting in your life? Do you believe that God can transform their life? For me, I’ve realized that it starts with prayer. Pray for that person, asking God to do His work in their lives and to soften your heart towards them, believing that God transforms us all in miraculous ways.
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.” “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.’”