“Ananias said, ‘Lord, I have heard many reports about this man (Saul) and all the harm he has done to your people’ … 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’” (Acts 9:13-16, NIV, 2011).
Initially, God’s call on Saul (later known as the Apostle Paul) to preach to Gentiles was hard on him because persecuting Christians was what he honestly believed God wanted him to do. And it was hard on Ananias because he had heard all the reports of this zealous Pharisee’s murderous ways and did not wish to become another casualty. So bringing the two together was about as likely as getting a dyed-in-the-wool Bobby Knight Hoosier to root for the Kentucky Wildcats, and vice-versa. But remember, the Book of Acts is supernatural history; this was a miracle! And the rest of Acts, with its stunning travelogue of Paul’s preaching and the fantastic spread of Christianity against all odds, demonstrates again and again that people who rightly respond to God’s call on their lives inevitably make a difference in this world. So today we’re asking boldly, God, please give me the courage to say “Yes!” to your Kingdom plans for my life.